May 18th, 2014

"the highest concentration of references to ‘hipster’…are located in the gentrifying areas of Brooklyn such as Dumbo, Prospect Park and Williamsburg, as well as the SoHo/NoHo neighborhoods and the area around Columbia University in Manhattan, which reinforces the all-too-often-commented-upon relationship between hipsters and gentrification. These areas are surrounded by a much more extensive belt of tweets referencing ‘bro’, suggesting a clear spatial divide between these two groups within the city."

data maps, here.
February 26th, 2014

…Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—are experimenting with secular governments and free markets. Their efforts have had many fits and starts…


November 12th, 2013

…interactive online map of the thoughts and feelings of people who suffer from depression.

a bunch of closer looks, here.

September 25th, 2013

The economic landscape is being reshaped around…centers of knowledge and ideas, and clusters of energy production. Overwhelmingly, these are the places driving the economic recovery. Outside them, the economy remains troubled and weak.



art: collage by Michel Keck

September 14th, 2013
…a lot of identity politics of 20 years ago, 30 years ago has now become the identity politics of policy…You can no longer take yesterday’s map for today’s politics.
August 11th, 2013

'There is a reason why the map of places…Obama did or did not win in 2008 looked rather remarkably like the map of places where American racism is still at its most…paranoid. There is a reason why John McCain, born in Panama, was subject to zero prominent theories as to his foreignness but…Obama, born in Hawaii, has been the focus of years of elaborate, prominent conspiracies as to his true “origins…'

…There is a reason why, ever since Barack Obama came into office…Rush Limbaugh has devoted the near-entirety of his radio career to incessant lectures on how Barack Obama is black, how Barack Obama dislikes white people to the point of irrationality, and how everything Barack Obama does is based on hurting white people to the benefit of black people…all sandwiched between general racial bile, such as observations on whether or not he can say “nigga”…There is a reason why there is a heavy price to be paid for a supposed conservative seen as working with the president even to the most piddling degree, to the point that even the most basic functions of government can no longer be managed no matter how much actual harm not managing them continues do.

there is a reason.

August 2nd, 2013

…one of America’s two major political parties has basically gone off the deep end; policy content aside, a sane party doesn’t hold dozens of votes declaring its intention to repeal a law that everyone knows will stay on the books regardless. And since that party continues to hold substantial blocking power, we are looking at a country that’s increasingly ungovernable.



art: by Michel Keck

July 15th, 2013

…where [1,043] people were shot in Chicago [as of July 2], broken down by community area. The darker the shade of blue, the larger the number of victims.

full, interactive map here. more on the mapping process, here.

June 27th, 2013

…a global map drawn by nothing but the points of airports, runways, and helicopter pads. So while you can easily make out the coasts of the U.S. (and begin to see continents if you squint), that’s only because they’re dotted with air transport. A majority of the world literally fades away…

more. and more.

June 6th, 2013


In her superb opening talk, Catherine Bracy highlighted a recent project to map the routes of private buses in San Francisco.

To many, these private bus networks represent the deep divides that Silicon Valley wealth and culture has created.

More at: http://stamen.com/zero1/ (via @tkb)

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from
April 30th, 2013

…the world is full of abandoned buildings: factories left by companies…suburban subdivisions from the boom years, crumbling farms and churches in remote places. Italy has an estimated 2 million such properties; Spain, another 3.5 million; America, many more. Andrea Sesta, who lives in Milan, has been trying to find alternative uses for some of them. His…site, Impossible Living, allows anyone to map unused real estate, and act as champions for their renewal (even if they don’t own them).


February 2nd, 2013

The great gerrymander of 2012 came 200 years after the first use of this curious word, which comes from the salamander-shaped districts signed into law by Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts. Gov. Gerry’s party engineered its electoral coup using paper maps and ink. But the advent of inexpensive computing and free software has placed the tools for fighting politicians who draw absurd districts…Politicians, especially Republicans facing demographic and ideological changes in the electorate, use redistricting to cling to power. It’s up to us to take control of the process, slay the gerrymander, and put the people back in charge of what is, after all, our House.


January 30th, 2013

…ink and graphite portraits on vintage maps and…celestial star charts [by Ed Fairburn].

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