Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mapping Segregation

On his radicalcartography blog, Bill Rankin has mapped Chicago by racial/ethnic group and produced a map showing stark segregation.  You can find his map here.

Inspired by Rankin's project, my friend Eric Fisher has produced maps using the same methodology for a number of American cities.  You can find his maps here

Not surprisingly, Eric's map of Detroit (below) is the most dramatic.  As Eric explains: "Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, and Orange is Hispanic, and each dot is 25 people. Data from Census 2000."

Powerful images.

Detroit Map

Tanya Marsh

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This is very interesting and dramatic stuff. I teach a seminar on Segregation and use tools like this to grab student's attention. Of course, the hard issues come in answering the questions: How did it happen initially? Why/how does it continue? What are the harms, and, more controversially, benefits of these living patterns and to whom? And, of course, the toughest one of all: What should be done?

Posted by: Tim Iglesias | Sep 13, 2010 11:02:53 AM

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