Subway maps from class

Here are the subway maps we’ve looked at in the last few classes:

Gerrymandering and the 2010 Census

Gerrymandering is an interesting use of maps to political ends.  I remember reading about how computers have really changed this, allowing for much more precise (and ludicrous) redistricting in the last two censuses (2000 and 2010) that can target political maps on a per-household basis.

The following article on redistricting in the 2010 Census is a good overview; definitely click-through to the original article for good illustrations and links — the website referenced provides amazing examples of gerrymandering today.
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Invisible cities of social networks

Invisible Cities
A project by Christian Marc Schmidt & Liangjie Xia

By revealing the social networks present within the urban environment, Invisible Cities describes a new kind of city—a city of the mind. It displays geocoded activity from online services such as Twitter and Flickr, both in real-time and in aggregate. Real-time activity is represented as individual nodes that appear whenever a message or image is posted. Aggregate activity is reflected in the underlying terrain: over time, the landscape warps as data is accrued, creating hills and valleys representing areas with high and low densities of data.

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Overlay of European cities on North America (and vice versa)

I thought this was interesting — just in terms of how far north or south stuff is in the U.S. versus Europe.  Not what I would expect — Budapest is further north than the Twin Cities?  And actually, a good chunk of Europe is in Canada?  Some stuff is what you expect, though — the Mediterranean climate of California and the Napa Valley wine growing region, etc.

Transposition on maps of various kinds is an interesting idea…