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History maps, happiness maps, DIY oil spill maps

In Excerpts, Thoughts on March 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

I’ve recently stumbled onto some maps of an abnormal nature…

History Map

An apartment-finder website created a Map of Chicago History, a geographic map that instead of pinpointing restaurants and music venues marks homes of famous mobsters, sites of important but long-gone structures, and events of historical significance.

Just blocks from our apartment is the home of Jens Jensen. And a half mile east, Nelson Algren’s residence.

Happiness  Map

Self-reporting isn’t the best type of data, but The New York Times’s attempt last week to “map the nation’s well-being” is an interesting interactive thing. Discover the cartographic patterns of depression, health-insurance coverage, and satisfaction with our communities.

World Typographic Map

Typographic maps aren’t new, but this one by Chicagoan Nancy McCabe (designahoy) is simply arresting.

US Bike Route System

A group is embarking on a historic effort to create an interconnected system of bicycle corridors throughout the country. The map it’s created shows realized routes in solid lines and future routes in faint, highlighted ones.

DIY Oil Spill Maps

GOOD reports on Grassroots Mapping, a team that for about a hundred bucks can reproduce the aerial photos that normally require satellites or at least private flyovers.

“During the media blackout, when FAA regulations prevented aircraft from flying lower than 4,000 feet above sensitive areas of the [Gulf oil] spill, Warren and the Grassroots Mapping team flew balloons and kites and captured incredibly vivid images of the oil spill’s impacts. Using simple online cartographic tools, the photos can be stitched together into bigger maps, like this one of the Lake Borgne wetlands east of New Orleans captured on June 11th of last year.” [Photo: GonzoEarth.]

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Better superhighways

In Excerpts on January 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

London has succeeded in upping bike traffic by 70 percent:

“The city of London just announced that bike traffic is up 70% on two major thoroughfares in London proper and they are crediting it all to the opening of two bike superhighways last July. … The two open superhighways are just the beginning — 10 more will be installed in the coming years.”

When Chicago was asking its own residents for ideas on how to do the same, my suggestion was something like what London is doing.

Optimally, costs aside, I’d love raised bike trails, similar to but more extensive than the El tracks, to get bikers off the road altogether.