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Wheeler Maps


Sense of Place Maps

Colorado Bike and Pedestrian Data

Colorado Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts Average Counts Category Map This interactive map is derived from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts which reports counts...

Colorado Crush Denver

A series of events leads to the colorful side of Denver and its street art.   A series of events...

Chicago Near West Side Food Deserts

This analysis and data are from 2013. Here is a screenshot and a link to C4Pat

Muir Woods > Saulsalito

Muir Woods offers the most stark contrast to its neighboring peninsula to the southeast, San Francisco, polarizing in its dense urbanity, only hinted to by Saulsalito and Mill Valley.

Munising Falls

After an 8 hour drive from the lower peninsula and set up camp, its nice to be able to stretch your legs and good preparation for the adventures to come.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Overnight camping in rustic sites on the canyon floor, fly fishing for dinner and the parks service has 3 bear bag ropes set up.

Geospatial Viz Showroom

Windows into San Diego

Story Maps are visualization tools, interactive maps, infographics and any other medium used to convey a concept or story. Although the concept has been around for centuries, it is fairly well accepted that the term was coined by Allen Carroll, former Chief Cartographer at National Geographic and current ESRI Storytelling Program Manager. These stories can be told through the use of ESRI’s Map Story tool, and also through any other interactive web map based portals like Google My Maps and Carto — including making one from scratch with Leaflet and Mapbox — many different tools are available for creating a visualization and tell a story.


San Diego Shortlist – ESRI Platform

If you wouldn’t believe it, my colleagues from ESRI, David Watkins and Mark Cygan gave a presentation on all the different new templates that are available in ESRI for users to make story maps. Clearly our good pal Rupert has been improving his San Diego Map as well.



Food Desert Map

The Living Building Challenge Chicago Design Inspired by Data

In the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the Living Building Challenge : Chicago organization, contestants were asked to surmise and plan for a site that would draw on the needs of the local community to create a facility that would unify the citizens and encourage sustainable development. Using data to first assess the site led to the clear conclusion that the area was prime for placement of grocery and restaurants: populations of residents (grocery) and staff (restaurant) for large facilities (hospital and university). A preliminary assessment can be found at the project design website – Center For Permaculture and APropriate Technology of grocers (Table 1) in a one mile Euclidean radius shows a majority are wholesale providers (28) and a handful of retail grocers selling produce (7). The half mile radius shows a drastic reduction in all store types, further iterating the site is at the heart of a food desert. If you don’t have a design site to follow the methodology of this example, consider taking on the challenge of starting a statewide Farmer’s Market Accessibility Map and Impact Assessment. What is the demographic profile from comparing Colorado 2014 Farmer’s Markets to Census Blocks and applying a 1 mile walking radius buffer, 10 mile biking radius buffer and 30 mile driving radius buffer? 



Sea Level Rise in SF and Books on Bikes Map

Forecast modeling of climate change model of 200′ sea level rise in San Francisco would create a dramatically different geography for the city. In this visualization, the remaining exposed land area is named for the  “The impact of coast erosion due to the surprisingly rapid disintegration of the East Antarctic ice cap is now reflected in the NCCS (Northern California Coast Survey) topographic map of the San Francisco Archipelago. It shows the 200 foot sea level rise compared to the 2012 sea level datum.” This Burrito Justice blog also features a map to create an interactive experience of biking the city to visit places featured in or notoriously frequented by famous authors through time.

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 I Quant New York

Illustrating that sense of a place can be described by its components. As the sum is greater than its parts, it could also be said that understanding individual parts of their own accord is a good exercise for having a better understanding of how exactly the sum is characterized. NPR recently showcased I Quant NY – a blog dedicated to showcasing the findings of Data Scientist Ben Wellington as he wrangles and munges his way through NYC’s open data catalog. The most interesting stories are often discovered in the least likely of datasets. Data Science challenges people to think about the multiple facets of everything. Data Science to the Rescue. Perhaps the most exciting part of opening up data is discovering what solutions to common problems can be discovered through making good use of the data. For many entrepreneurs, this is commonly identified as “finding the pain points” – what would people pay money to not have to do anymore? The most obvious place to start looking for pain points is in the areas where the blood of Democracy is thundering through societal veins: new industries and new policies. New Industry Example: What possible linkage our use for Economic Development could come from utilizing Department of Motor Vehicle data – isn’t that just types of cars and locations of owners? Sure, of course it is, but it is also locations and records of alternative fuel vehicles and fleet vehicles for governments, organizations and private entities. Certainly the diversification of the energy market is tied to the Economic Development of a region that supports it. The specific needs of this burgeoning industry include an app that shows the location of all alternative fueling charging stations, preferred parking spots and other amenities designed to encourage diversification of the nation’s energy portfolio. Enjoy a few headlines from I Quant NY:

Colorado Railroads and Tourism

 Potential for Tourism Development

It is expected that certain basic information will be included with data on railroad lines, including whether or not the rail line has been abandoned. The “hidden” aspect of interest in this scenario, is that abandoned rail lines can promote tourism and economic development through conversion to bike and pedestrian trail. The color coding below also identifies rail lines with Amtrak service, in addition to a selected number of lines designated by CDOT as “Tourism Tracks.” Select a line and look at the passenger code – V = VIA Line, A = Amtrak Line, C = Commuter Line, T = Tourist Line, R = Rail line now used for rapid transit, X = previous passenger route/line, Y = undesignated service. Lines coded in Green are potential for recreation/trail, lines coded in blue are tourist lines, and lines coded in red are Amtrak, commuter or rapid transit lines. Consider combining this dataset with the data provided by RTD – and check out the RTD Developer resources page while you’re at it! The Rails to Trails program is a national effort to maintain and preserve old rail lines while simultaneously increaseng the mileage of greenways and interconnected trail systems -across states and across the nation. This photo below is from the cross country ski segment of the ?? trail between Aspen and Vail.

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