Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Corktown: 1949 and 2012


Recently I built a viewer for historic and current imagery of Corktown, Detroit. Visit the link on Opening of Detroit below to view the application.


The app was built using Tilemill and hosted through Mapbox, and built using the Mapbox.js javascript library.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Doors Open Windsor 2012

Two maps for Doors Open.

Printed Version

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The first printed map appeared in the official brochure and the Windsor Star feature.

The data came from a spreadsheet with simply the name of the site, the address, city, and postal code and the ID number to associate it with the brocure write-up.

GPS Visualizer has a free geocoding service for the world, using the Yahoo service. Using a tab-delimited text file (generated using Libre Office), I got the X,Y's of each site. The tab-delimted output then goes into QGIS, where a shapefile can be made.

Since this was for print, using any base layers from web services would have given a poor resolution. So I downloaded chunks of OpenStreetMap data through their web portal, and styled it using shared style files! The result is crisp clean graphics.

From there, the layout was created, including insets, scalebars, and labels.

Interactive Web Version

Using the same shapefile created above with Tilemill and Mapbox, an interactive version goes onto the Doors Open website:

Doors open Windsor 2012, joins the nationwide commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Windsor's Sandwich Town saw a number of skirmishes during the war – two private homes and one church that are featured on our tour were standing at that time. We also feature sites that tell the story of prohibition and the Underground Railroad, and churches that paint a picture of Windsor's wide ethnic diversity.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hantz Off Detroit

The boundary of the proposed Hantz Tree Farm on the Eastside of Detroit.

The 200 acre site will push many people from their homes and clear yet another neighborhood in the name of 'Economic Progress'.