The most appropriate way I can think of to end 2020, this year of pandemic, is to show where we are at worldwide.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
I recently saw the Simpsons episode Postcards from the Wedge for the first time. It prominently features this map of the abandoned Springfield Subway.
In a long ago post I featured the map of Springfield - a direct link to it is here.
While these maps look very different a close look shows an unexpected attention to geographic detail. The street layouts are very similar between the two. The street names are also consistent.
A newer version of the subway appears in a later episode with more jokes but less geographic fidelity. This version is full of puns such as the musical references Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Yes Roundabout. There's also Queasy Street and a Varmint District.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Kirk Goldsberry a former geography professor and basketball data visualization specialist has just unleashed a new map, "Naismith International Park". Named after the inventor of basketball, it is a fantasy landscape shaped like the frontcourt of a basketball court.
I don't follow basketball very closely but I would guess that the placement of player names relates to their shot maps (covered here in a previous post).
As a 76ers fan my favorite spot is the Round Mound of Rebound.
You can purchase a copy of the map (or just admire it some more) here.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Chris Whong, a former planner for the City of New York found a way to muddle through various budget documents to quantify and map where money is being spent on capital projects. The process, documented in a Medium article, involved "scraping" PDF documents ("where data goes to die") and then grouping projects by district to look at his own neighborhood in Brooklyn. Here is the result - click for a more readable version
A sample area.
He also did some nice "small multiple" maps showing 4 year spending by project type across the city. The image below is just a sample - the thing is huge. Clicking it will get you the whole thing.
For details on the convoluted process click here.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Click on a project for pictures and details.
Zoom far in for some nice 3D details,
and zoom far out to see the nationwide scope of his work.