Data Visualization The orientation of streets in San Francisco, visualized.

Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Visualizing City Street Alignment

Crayon the Grids” is a set of data visualizations that show the orientation of streets in various cities. In areas with strong grid structures, like Manhattan, the visualization shows a single color. In places that were not centrally planned, the visualization shows an intricate rainbow patchwork of streets going in different directions. In addition to capturing navigability, the visualization also shows aspects of city history. In cities such as San Francisco, that were formed out of multiple distinct neighborhoods, the boundary lines can be seen clearly.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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