data exploration in the Cream City

milwaukier-than-thou:

archie of archie’s Press recently came to our city, researched furiously, & produced this remarkable map. it is, for so many reasons, an account of milwaukee that i love. i am endlessly thrilled to own this (just picked up its custom frame at tradewinds today).http://etsy.me/1pOQQRW

Not a fan. I like some of archie’s other maps – Portland and New Orleans are cool – but I’m afraid that this one simply reduces Milwaukee to a rather boring grid of lines and circles. The emphasis of certain neighborhoods over others is puzzling. Makes me wonder about the nature of the furious research.
@tofias’ take. I do wish I had some extra time.

milwaukier-than-thou:

archie of archie’s Press recently came to our city, researched furiously, & produced this remarkable map. it is, for so many reasons, an account of milwaukee that i love. i am endlessly thrilled to own this (just picked up its custom frame at tradewinds today).

http://etsy.me/1pOQQRW

Not a fan. I like some of archie’s other maps – Portland and New Orleans are cool – but I’m afraid that this one simply reduces Milwaukee to a rather boring grid of lines and circles. The emphasis of certain neighborhoods over others is puzzling. Makes me wonder about the nature of the furious research.

@tofias’ take. I do wish I had some extra time.

Source: milwaukier-than-thou
Mayfly swarm on radar - a gross phenomenon.
I worked as a waiter at a riverside restaurant one summer in La Crosse. To open the restaurant during this time of year, I remember having to shake mayfly carcasses out of the patio umbrellas and *shovel* them off the deck.
(Image and story at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Mayfly swarm on radar - a gross phenomenon.

I worked as a waiter at a riverside restaurant one summer in La Crosse. To open the restaurant during this time of year, I remember having to shake mayfly carcasses out of the patio umbrellas and *shovel* them off the deck.

(Image and story at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Source: jsonline.com
Hey Wisconsonites: 
I know they’re fun, but try not to fly your drones in these red areas.
(looking at you @kenkofoto)

Hey Wisconsonites: 

I know they’re fun, but try not to fly your drones in these red areas.

(looking at you @kenkofoto)

thisiscitylab:

A lovely animation of the planet’s hot-weather “misery.”
[Image: Cameron Beccario]
Source: thisiscitylab
visicert:

jai—me:

Dredge City: sediment catalysis
Matthew D Moffitt Student ASLA, Undergraduate, Pennsylvania State University

visicert:

jai—me:

Dredge City: sediment catalysis

Matthew D Moffitt Student ASLAUndergraduate, Pennsylvania State University

(via alphatree)

Source: jai--me
vizual-statistix:

Religious buildings (churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship) often have an intentional orientation, largely to assist with fixing the direction people face when praying. The altar in Christian churches is often pointed toward the liturgical east. Islamic mosques are traditionally oriented toward the Qibla (direction of Mecca).
For these calculations, I selected five countries that are dominated by five different religions (Thailand – Buddhism; Italy – Catholicism; Israel – Judaism; Pakistan – Islam; India – Hinduism). The shapefile containing the Israel buildings was merged with Palestine, which is predominantly Islamic. Though these could be separated, the exact border between the two countries is a bit tenuous, so I opted to leave it as a single region.
The method for the calculation is shown on the graphic. For each building footprint, a bounding rectangle is defined. This rectangle is oriented to minimize its width. The orientation of the building is then measured as the azimuth of the rectangle’s height (longer sides). Orientation is counted in both directions, so a building facing due east is also considered to face west. The plots show the frequency of a given orientation in 5° bins.
As you can see, most religious buildings in these countries are aligned east-west. Pakistan is slightly north of east from Mecca, which may explain why many of the religious buildings there are orientated WSW-ENE.
Data source: http://download.geofabrik.de/

vizual-statistix:

Religious buildings (churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship) often have an intentional orientation, largely to assist with fixing the direction people face when praying. The altar in Christian churches is often pointed toward the liturgical east. Islamic mosques are traditionally oriented toward the Qibla (direction of Mecca).

For these calculations, I selected five countries that are dominated by five different religions (Thailand – Buddhism; Italy – Catholicism; Israel – Judaism; Pakistan – Islam; India – Hinduism). The shapefile containing the Israel buildings was merged with Palestine, which is predominantly Islamic. Though these could be separated, the exact border between the two countries is a bit tenuous, so I opted to leave it as a single region.

The method for the calculation is shown on the graphic. For each building footprint, a bounding rectangle is defined. This rectangle is oriented to minimize its width. The orientation of the building is then measured as the azimuth of the rectangle’s height (longer sides). Orientation is counted in both directions, so a building facing due east is also considered to face west. The plots show the frequency of a given orientation in 5° bins.

As you can see, most religious buildings in these countries are aligned east-west. Pakistan is slightly north of east from Mecca, which may explain why many of the religious buildings there are orientated WSW-ENE.

Data source: http://download.geofabrik.de/

Source: vizual-statistix
Forget Uber and Lyft for a second, here are the routes where people run in Milwaukee.
Note the concentrated intensity of use along the Oak Leaf, the Hank Aaron, and other trails. Now imagine what this map might look like if Wisconsin invested more in bike and pedestrian infrastructure instead of widening highways.

Forget Uber and Lyft for a second, here are the routes where people run in Milwaukee.

Note the concentrated intensity of use along the Oak Leaf, the Hank Aaron, and other trails. Now imagine what this map might look like if Wisconsin invested more in bike and pedestrian infrastructure instead of widening highways.

notemily:


When the new Capitol Drive bridge was planned (it replaced a rickety wood-plank contraption so narrow there was scarcely room for two vehicles to pass), the city of Milwaukee asked Shorewood to share in the cost. The village categorically refused, pointing to its charter, which set the community’s boundary at the water’s edge and included no part of the river itself.
To Shorewood’s dismay, Milwaukee would remember this nifty piece of historical trivia and turn it against the village four years later.

How the 1927 Capitol Drive bridge saved part of the Milwaukee River

notemily:

When the new Capitol Drive bridge was planned (it replaced a rickety wood-plank contraption so narrow there was scarcely room for two vehicles to pass), the city of Milwaukee asked Shorewood to share in the cost. The village categorically refused, pointing to its charter, which set the community’s boundary at the water’s edge and included no part of the river itself.

To Shorewood’s dismay, Milwaukee would remember this nifty piece of historical trivia and turn it against the village four years later.

How the 1927 Capitol Drive bridge saved part of the Milwaukee River

(via onmilwaukee)

Source: milwaukeenotebook.wordpress.com
City crews resurfaced and painted Humboldt Blvd just in time for Riverwest 24. This stretch of the circuit will be like butter. 

(Photo of a bike lane road stencil at Humboldt and Wright today. )

City crews resurfaced and painted Humboldt Blvd just in time for Riverwest 24. This stretch of the circuit will be like butter.

(Photo of a bike lane road stencil at Humboldt and Wright today. )

(via The Schools Where Apple, Google, and Facebook Get Their Recruits | Design | WIRED)
Source: Wired
mapsontheweb:

Metropolises projected on The Netherlands. This projection made by Jaap Modder shows that The Netherlands is not a densely populated country but a large open city. 

mapsontheweb:

Metropolises projected on The Netherlands. 
This projection made by Jaap Modder shows that The Netherlands is not a densely populated country but a large open city. 

Source: mapsontheweb
mapsontheweb:

Mercator projection of the Moon. The map was trimmed to ±85° latitude due to the distortion near the poles.

mapsontheweb:

Mercator projection of the Moon. The map was trimmed to ±85° latitude due to the distortion near the poles.

Source: mapaplanet.org
mke-ephemera:

'Nike Missile Bases' map - Circa 1950
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This map shows the eight missile base locations in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas around 1950. If you’ve never heard of Maitland Field, you’ve probably walked on it while listening to one of your favorite bands. Today, its known simply as the Henry W. Maier Summerfest Grounds.

When River Hills, Wisconsin had its very own Nike missile base.

mke-ephemera:

'Nike Missile Bases' map - Circa 1950

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This map shows the eight missile base locations in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas around 1950. If you’ve never heard of Maitland Field, you’ve probably walked on it while listening to one of your favorite bands. Today, its known simply as the Henry W. Maier Summerfest Grounds.

When River Hills, Wisconsin had its very own Nike missile base.

Source: mke-ephemera
merlin:


Faaaaaaancy San Francisco.

merlin:

Faaaaaaancy San Francisco.

(via ilovecharts)

Source: sfgate.com
datarep:

Does anyone know why there is a peak in the number of Google searches for “1990s” in May of almost every year?

@MeterHero tweets: 

I would guess it has something to do with graduation. As in “what happened in the 1990s that we would find poignant today?”

That sounds plausible. People searching for music selections and preparing speeches for graduation, etc.

datarep:

Does anyone know why there is a peak in the number of Google searches for “1990s” in May of almost every year?

@MeterHero tweets: 

I would guess it has something to do with graduation. As in “what happened in the 1990s that we would find poignant today?”

That sounds plausible. People searching for music selections and preparing speeches for graduation, etc.

(via milwaukeestat)

Source: datarep