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 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.  🙂

2 thoughts to “On Maps and Data

  • Pam

    I thought the map was great and to click on each category to really get the story of what type of crime was very telling. Fabulous! But I’m your biggest fan, really! Keep up the good work.

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch

      Awww…thank you! xoxoxo

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