Data and statistics can be useful when trying to figure out just how bad, good, or neutral a problem is — or where the problems are located, circumstances and conditions… It’s one thing to discuss an issue (like crime or blight) — another thing entirely to see it as a visual.
I created this map of crime data, gathered from Spotcrime.com and the city’s OpenBaltimore data — the map contains data for the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore, for no other reason other than the fact that I live here. Plus, I needed to test out a few things, so a map was a good way to do it.
At some point, I’m going to overlay the vacant map with the crime map — just to illustrate what most people already know — crime and vacants go hand in hand. As much as I tell people this, and as much as they seem to “get it” — nothing hits you like a good visual.
Suggestions on maps, data, etc. are welcome. I’m not a data analyst, or a map expert…so I’m sure this map can use a little help. 🙂