This to me is the most interesting thing I’ve ever posted. I could stare at these for hours.
Two meticulous maps showing the names and locations of every brothel, bar, casino and saloon that existed in the Cheyenne and Levee Districts of Chicago between 1870 and 1905.
Completed by Levee historian Bryan Lloyd.
Click to enlarge.
bizweekgraphics: This week Jennifer talked with Reddit user NickVGG who scraped VideoGameGeek.com’s 24,000 user submitted database of video games to chart out the most popular genres and consoles.
sunfoundation: Time of travel in the 1800s From the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, these maps paint the picture of transportation in the 1800s.
Pontiac: The ‘Platform City’ That Never Was Conceived in the 1960s and built in 1980, the structure was the cornerstone of an “urban renewal” scheme that leveled neighborhoods, buried the Clinton River, and isolated the central business district from the surrounding community, creating what Oakland County planners now call “a strangled downtown.”
nprfreshair: A few days ago, my father — a retired professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Virginia — forwarded me this map that Rachel Nelson, a master’s student in Urban and Environmental Planning at UVA, made for an Intro to GIS class. Nelson’s map shows dangerous places in the United States based on natural disaster data. Given that the end of the world is scheduled for sometime tomorrow, I figured the map was worth sharing, both for its informational and its visual interest. Writes Nelson via email: As a dedicated worrier, I wanted to use GIS to investigate where the most dangerous places to live in the US might be based on natural disaster data. I narrowed the criteria down to volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and storms with hail bigger than tennis balls (2.4”) or softballs (4”). The tornado and hail data tracks all storms over the past 60 years to get a visual for general patterns. Earthquake contour lines show predicted hazard zones based off of past activity and fault locations at 10% probability of exeedance in 50 years. Triangles map active US volcanoes, which are all presently at “low” risk. - Nell
transitmaps: Unofficial Map/Art: Moscow “Underround” Definitely more a piece of art using the Moscow Metro as inspiration than an actual usable map, but still noteworthy. Taking the spoke and hub nature of the Metro completely literally, the work shows the stations along each line in the form of concentric rings: simple, but graphically effective. I have no doubt that a seasoned Muscovite Metro commuter would be able to locate the stations they use quite easily. (Source: aircoooled karma/Flickr