Tag Archives: interactive

Road orientation mapping tool

18 Jul

Everyone knows that Pittsburgh’s roads go every which way. Well now there’s a new tool to let you pick any place on a map, and it will generate a road orientation image that visualizes how twisted your streets are.

Pittsburgh’s always comes out like a shining sun.

Whereas, for comparison, here’s a shot of Indianapolis, Indiana, a city with a near perfect street grid.

Fun!

You can play around with this tool here.

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Where was Pittsburgh located in Pangea?

18 Jul

Pittsburgh City-County Building’s location in Pangea, 240 Million years ago. Click to make big

There’s a cool website that allows you to plug in any address and see where it was located on ancient earth and see what was going on in the atmosphere and life at that moment. For instance, 240 million years ago, or Pangea, the City-County Building was located on a mountain range, during a time when oxygen levels were low due to extinction of land plants, but fortunately some birds, mammals and dinosaurs survived.

Here is the City-County Building 300 million years ago, when Pittsburgh was some ocean front property.

The website allows you to go back to 750 million years ago.

Check it out here, and find out more about the project on this article.

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.

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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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.

Who gave money to Bernie Sanders?

31 Jan

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While the election is long over, it’s seems appropriate that, after two weeks of the Trump administration, to revisit our old pal Bernie Sanders, because he could have won.

This is a Los Angeles Times interactive map of zipcodes, and their contributions to Bernie, complete with total contribution amount, population, and contributions per capita.

Check out the map here.

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