Pittsburgh Commuter Rail Long Gone, 1942

5 Apr

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Another depressing map about things that we used to have, that leaders in all of their wisdom drove into the ground, and now we wish we had again.

South Side resident Aaron Reinard created a map that plots the old commuter rail schedules onto a Google map to show how extensive our train lines once were, color coded with all 245 stations. Schedules are from the June 1942 “Official Guide Of The Railways.”

According to Reinard, service was abandoned in 1964, making it the largest commuter rail service in the country to be completely discontinued.

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Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen Hand Drawn Map

1 Feb

A little late on this. But this is the 2017 Dirty Dozen – a bicycle race up the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh. For over 30 years, Danny Chew has been running this iconic event. If you don’t know Danny, please take a minute and google him and his story of being a two time Race Across America winner and his lifetime goal of riding a million miles. This goal was recently thwarted after a crash left him without the use of his legs. But, he is not giving up and is will be attempting to accomplish this feat with a hand cycle.

Marry Me on Pittsburgh’s streets

4 Apr

So this happened.

Yes, I rode this on my bike and used it in a proposal.

Thanks to Strava for the assist.

Stolen Native Lands or the Invasion of America Map

2 Feb

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How the United States took over an eighth of the world

While executive orders are all the rage, this map shows how the US stole Native land, often by executive order. In one of Trump’s first acts as president, putting his views of Native Americans and the oil/gas industry in plain view, he carried on this tradition and signed an Executive Order to move the Dakota Access Pipeline forward.

While everything below the Allegheny was “seized by colonists before 1776,” anything North of the Allegheny was taken from the Six Nations of New York from a treaty in 1784. If you go to the map, you can turn on a layer of the source maps, as well as click on an area and find a direct link to things like: the related treaty, description of the tract, and the source map.

“In the 1850s, US presidents began using a second legal instrument to secure land, the executive order, and this prerogative grew in importance after 1871, when the federal government unilaterally stopped making treaties with native peoples. The power of the president to seize land by executive order may appear contrary to the sanctity of private property, one of the great legacies of the American Revolution, but white Americans never set Indian land title on the same footing as their own. Nor did they recognize the irony of their presumptions.”

Check out this incredible map here. It truly is an amazing map.

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Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Complaint Map, 2017

2 Feb

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The Public Herald produced an enlightening piece about how the number of complaints has skyrocketed since the Pennsylvania fracking boom, and how the DEP bungles looking into these complaints and doesn’t take them seriously.

The article is worth reading, to get a sense of how the state dismisses seemingly legitimate citizen concern in order to protect their corporate overlords.

This video sums up the article if you feel it’s TLDR.

Here’s a map of the complaints in Pennsylvania for context.

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Highland Reservoir 1 Service Area

1 Feb

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So, PWSA messed up again, this time by letting the chlorine levels in the Highland Park Reservoir to get too low, increasing the chances of bacterial contamination. If you live in the blue zone, don’t drink your water unless you have a filter that filters out bacteria, or boil your water for at least a minute. There is also an alert for ice that you may have made today, or brushing your teeth or washing your dishes.

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On a related note, whoever is responding to questions on their Twitter account is on fire.

Hipster Hotspots

31 Jan

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This is probably the dumbest map I’ve ever posted.

Trulia came out with some stupid metric to quantify the hipster quotient of an area. They used dumb criteria like: dog walkers, overpriced retail stores, overpriced barbershops, consignment stores, healthy places, dive bars, and brunch and food trucks. The only good about this map is that there appears to be a penis in Monroeville.

Sorry.

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