The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

31 Jan


Just found a 3d map of worldwide light pollution in the night sky. The brighter the area, the harder it is to see the night sky. In the region, Cherry Springs State Park is reputed to have the darkest night sky in the northeast. However, the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia looks pretty dark.

Check out the map over at the New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky.


Fast Food vs Farmers’ Markets

30 Jan


Someone mapped all of the top ten fast food restaurants across the country. Above is our little corner of the world.

Below, is a map of where all of the Farmers’ Markets are located, in the same area.


Be sure to check out the original interactive map.

Visualize Pollution with AirVisual

30 Jan


You can view a real-time visualization of air pollution across the globe. This map shows an animated visualization of wind patterns and Air Quality Index (an index of combined ozone, PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide).

As most of our wind comes from the west, you can see exactly how Ohio is mucking up our air, as pollution knows no state borders.

Be sure to click to see the mesmerizing map in action.

Where is the lead exposure risk in your community?

14 Dec


Lead pipes in Pittsburgh are everywhere, and the people responsible for managing our water have earned a vote of no confidence from shenanigans as minor as a bumbling of our meter readings to majorly selling out to a private multi-national who illegally poisoned us in order to cut costs.

Vox created a map showing lead exposure risk across the nation. Above is a screenshot of Allegheny County.

Click on the original map for details.

Fatal traffic crashes involving speed in the United States, 2010-2015

10 Dec


Speed Kills, dawg.

The map is pretty self-explanitory.

Click to see it on the National Coalition for Safer Roads site

The 10 Cities with the most speed-related fatal crashes

  1. Los Angeles
  2. New York
  3. Houston
  4. Chicago
  5. San Antonio
  6. Dallas
  7. Phoenix
  8. Fort Worth
  9. Detroit
  10. Kansas City

Housing Plus Transportation costs, percentage of income

1 Dec


Affordable housing is not affordable if you need to own a car. That’s why it’s important to factor in your transportation costs to determine the affordability of where you live.

On average, Pittsburghers spend about 23% of their income on housing, and about 19% on transportation.

Lucky for us, this map exists to show you what percentage of income a typical household in a given area spends on housing + transportation.

See original.

Pittsburgh “PieroGIS” Map

1 Dec


Pierogies are an amazing food that people in Pittsburgh and Poland love to eat. Here’s an interactive map to show you where to eat them. And they want your submissions.

See original.

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