I remembered that the CDC completed a Youth Risk Behavior Survey in Detroit and reported that 19% of High School students were obese. I figured that I could estimate how many and where these students were based on the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) data on public High School enrollment.
The data maps fairly closely with population density, but there is enough of a variation to make it worthwhile as a starting point to examine the interactions between social and environmental factors.
I added corner stores to the map to demonstrate the prevalence of these food locations in relation to obesity among High School students.
I made this not so beautiful map in my summer GIS class. I was ahead of my class in understanding ArcGIS basics, so I threw together these datasets.
Interestingly, population and cities are focused around the port city of Portland and you can see how the geographic line of volcanoes and accompanying mountains keeps higher population density on the left side of the state.
During a recent family train trip to Chicago I wanted to keep track of our progress to see how much the train gets delayed. It turns out not really that much. The longest wait time was 7min and we never arrived more than 15min late going either way.
The return trip was much quicker because there were less people to pick up and we even skipped over a few stops because there was no one getting off or on.
Inspired by the style of William Bunge, I put together this cartogram to get an idea of how population is weighted in Wayne County knowing that the suburbs to the west have significantly higher median incomes.
Groceries, Homicide, Health and Population Density
I’ve been interested in how Detroit’s population has shifted over the years. From its founding on the Detroit river banks to movement outward with New Center and the suburbs, poorest populations concentrated in Cass Cooridor, and now to population growth Downtown.
These are maps of certain topics over a layer of population density from the 2010 Census.
Inspired by Mapping Manhattan and wanting to get more community members involved in mapping their own city, DETROITography is hoping to share print copies of this map template across the city - in schools, churches, and community centers to let people map their own favorite places, memories, or visions for Detroit.
I’ve noticed a larger amount of articles talking about Detroit becoming a bicycle city. Beyond the influx of young people and hipsters, I see many Detroit residents outside of the Midtown/Downtown areas using their bicycles to get around the city. Where there is an inadequate transportation system and personal cars potentially add to economic hardship, bicycles are fairly prevalent.
It’s unclear how many people actually use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, but there is definitely a strong history of bicycles in Detroit. Dodge first made bicycles and Ford made his first “car,” the quadricycle out of bicycle parts.
Detroit Average Rent Price Per Month by Neighborhood
I was really curious about this when my wife and I were apartment searching in Sept. 2012, I recently found the data from Zillow and decided to put it together. Zillow updates their data each week, so this is from data accessed on 18 Feb 2013.
Map of Petition Signatures for Medicaid Expansion in Michigan
I made this map based on the zipcodes of individuals who signed our petition on Change.org asking Governor Snyder to expand Medicaid health coverage (Medicaid Matters for Michigan). The Largest areas are easy to see Ann Arbor, Detroit (and Metro Detroit), Lansing, and Grand Rapids. The odd Michigan outline is from my family density mapping.
These areas also correlate with Michigan’s largest population densities, but it is still awesome to see that our efforts covered nearly the entire state.
The most exciting part of starting my graduate Research Methods in Anthropology class was that our first assignment was to hand draw a map of our block and describe each lot in detail as a test of our powers of observation.
Dark circles are streetlights, light circles are trees and shrubs, X’s are fire hydrants, double slashes are potholes, dark rectangles are cars, and cross hatched areas are parking lots.
Note: Professor wrote “excellent map” in top corner.
51 City Parks Closing, 37 to receive less maintenance
Dark green are existing parks that are not slated for closure
Light Green are parks that will be maintained less
White are parks that are closing
Detroit will still have a wealth of city park space after today’s announcement, but it was surprising to see Romanowski Park, Butzel (near Rec Center), and Grand Circus Park on the list of closing parks. It is very unclear what closure or low maintenance will mean.
Many cartographers like to take inventory of their personal cartography near the year end. I figured it would be a fun experiment to map my own personal journeys and travels of 2012 on top of my foursquare check-ins.
I had to reconstruct my travels from my Google Calendar and Foursquare check-ins after losing all my GPX data when my Garmin was stolen out of my car. I think this made the exercise that much more interesting and challenging.
Kansas City, MO: Roadtrip
Ann Arbor, MI: Training for Triathlon
Into the West: all of Nebraska, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons
My first dabble in cartograms was inspired by my work with MICHUHCAN. This graphic was featured in their “Medicaid Matters for Michigan” campaign.
There is an interesting juxtaposition between the number of people uninsured and their level of access to care. Notably Michigan’s insurance companies are located in counties with some of the largest populations of uninsured.