This is by no means comprehensive or absolute. This was put together based on my work as a social justice trainer and my work over the past 3 years in Detroit’s food system. Comments, edits, and additions are welcome.
Addresses can be geocoded and made into a density map or an exciting heatmap. However, there is a common issue with police reporting homicides to the nearest block as opposed to exact location. Binning is a method that may help better target specific areas of neighborhoods that may be the source of violence.
I’ve been really interested in naming recently and played with Michigan County names. The majority of counties have Germanic origins followed by Algonquian (as classified by Ethnologue). The next largest category of naming comes from Neologisms created by Henry Schoolcraft, “an American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist, noted for his early studies of Native American cultures.” His county names are mashups of Indigenous American dialects with Greek, Arabic, and Latin.
This is not an accurate map by any means. The roads are for reference only and are not accurately depicted. I came across this simplified Glasgow transit map and thought that would be a fun idea to apply to Detroit’s ultra simple downtown public “transit” system. I tried to choose some highlights of each stop based on the station guides (no guarantees).
Access to food, specifically fresh fruits and vegetables, has become a key reason that many researchers have labeled Detroit a “food desert.” However, this term has been both accepted and refuted by those who live and work in Detroit. There are numerous pathways for Detroit residents to access fresh foods, but access to healthy food is a complex issue with more than one cause.
The Detroit Food Policy Council reported that one in three households in Detroit rely on SNAP/ Food Stamps to put food on the table. This fact is a result of many things, notably Detroit’s racial tensions in the workforce, declining industry, and lack of economic opportunities. To qualify for SNAP/ Food Stamps a family of three would have to have an income less than $25,000 for the year.
The Fair Food Network reported that 92% of SNAP/ Food Stamp retailers carried few or no fresh fruits and vegetables. However, almost all full-line grocery stores carry a range of fruits and vegetables, but they are not always high quality and it is not always possible for Detroit residents to get to these stores. Beyond transit to reach stores with fresh foods, Detroit residents have reported poor conditions and racism when shopping at some locations.
At MSU, I completed a fair amount of research to support a grant on resource abundance and scarcity in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, specifically analyzing the socio-political impacts of oil. This is just another map working on my international mapping and data wrangling.
With the government shutdown there is no federal data portal that is open (Census, etc.), so I decided to try my hand at some international data wrangling and mapping. Since my wife and I are headed to China and Taiwan next year to visit relatives, I chose to look more closely at Taiwan.
I found it interesting to pair population numbers with density of Starbucks locations. The Starbucks brand, not surprisingly, is clustered in Taiwan’s three major cities/ counties. The only anomaly was the Starbucks cluster in the capitol, Taipei, which has a lower population than the surrounding county, New Taipei City. It’s likely that more people live outside the city and work inside the city as well as higher tourist numbers in Taipei.
"Exchange" and "marketplace" have been used separately and interchangeably. It is important to keep the terms together and watch for scams using these terms to fool people into thinking one is different than the other.
This poster was made for MICHUHCAN’s efforts to track and report scams and fraud related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Liquor Stores, Gas Stations, and Schools: Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) Program Map
The new police chief has said he will focus officers at these key locations to help reduce crime. This is a neighborhood based analysis to see where there are the most key locations and where more police officers might be found.