Category Archives: map

(1207) Hurricane Harvey


Climate change meets sprawl at the synthetic water line along the Gulf of Mexico.  Perilous developments these days for the Houston Ship Channel and places like Rockport, Texas, seen in an image above from a Google Maps screen shot. Turning away from the spectacle of Hurricane Harvey’s wet trek into Texas is just about impossible.
A changing world asks questions about the way we build communities and operate their economies.  America’s fourth largest city is also a source of the fossil fuels that helped make sprawl and climate change possible.  Business as usual this time next year?
Boom town, flood town. Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone
texastribune.org
Hurricane Harvey poised to impact blacks in Texas, but no one is talking about it
dailykos.com
Hell and high water
propublica.org – this is a map/graphics rich feature from March 2016
See also:
(1067) Climate change pushes American public housing tenants

(1165) AI sees wealth & poverty from space


An artificial Intelligence application that processes US Census data and digital satellite photos is in existence.  Penny can crunch the physical and numerical life of your community and describe its status.  Yes, it is amazing.  Yes, it is a tad creepy.  Powerful stuff but what to do with this to better communities is the question to ask.
Try it out on St. Louis, MI
An AI that preidcts neighbourhood’s wealth from space
wired.com

(1083) 86 million acres


Enormous pressure will soon be placed on the world’s croplands as they are exchanged for human habitat.  Mind boggling stuff, even without consideration of climate change!
By 2030 megacities may devour more than 86 million acres of prime farmland
modernfarmer.com
An elegant monochrome map of the  world’s settlements.
German scientists made this excruciatingly detailed simulacrum of the “global urban footprint”
citylab.com

image: Duncan Rawlinson via Flickr/CC

(992) Building the poverty right in, or not

subway rendering 22
Earlier this year urban planning was said to be the hot new occupation.  Nice!  Especially if it means we’ll have more people paying attention to the built, spatial dimension of inequality and poverty?  Hope so.  No kids, it isn’t all groovy, inclusive charettes and pencil crayon renderings of LRTs.  Here’s a couple of recent pieces to help the young upstarts dig into the realities.

Mapping the city. How transit can fix access to jobs in Toronto
utoronto.ca

How urban design perpetuates racial inequality – and what we can do about it. Our cities weren’t created equal. But they don’t have to stay that way
fastcodesign.com

image: Chicago Transit Authority archives via Flickr/CC

(845) Scrubbing London

owstEligibility statistics for a UK children’s meal program appear to indicate the way lower income people are being rushed out of the UK capital.

‘Vast social cleansing’ pushes tens of thousands of families out of London. Data shows that the numbers claiming free school meals has dropped by almost a third in some boroughs, suggesting areas are becoming preserves of the rich
theguardian.com

image: D. Howard via Flickr/CC