Uncrime Mapping

I really don’t understand the appeal of crime maps. Trulia, a housing search tool, just launched a crime map, too (via FlowingData, whose commenters are full of criticism). Since Trulia doesn’t have data (now that’s something to map with transformative potential) for Boston, I had to look up my friends’ neighborhood in Chicago. Above is a heatmap I photoshopped showing the uncrime—the area is clearly rife with it.

Below is McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World. Think about it.


Steven Vance #permalink

That park looks super dangerous, right? Better not go there at any time of the day.

Okay, I’m not sure I understand what you did to the Trulia map. Did you reverse the colors?

Ben #permalink

@Steven The park is an “uncrime hotspot”. I did reverse the red/green from the
Trulia crime-map—I should have been clearer in my glibness.

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