Friday, August 31, 2007

million dollar blocks

I’m a little unsatisfied by the million dollar block article. They map from crime locations, to prison admissions by census tract, to pop in poverty by census tract and then to migration to prison expenditures by census block. It seems by isolating the block they really need to zoom back out to a county scale. What I really want to see is a county scale mapping that puts these million dollar blocks in the context of the their administrative county to really see what the civic infrastructures are that they are constantly referring to. Where are the schools? What civic institutions do these counties have? Is it a block problem? A county wide problem? A neighborhood problem? In basic terms I think that Corner would support the spatial information design lab’s efforts but I think the mappings are a bit to premature in asking questions about policy and place.

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