When I see a sweet piece of data visualization, I get excited. If it’s really good, I want to dry hump it. If it’s crazy ridiculous awesome, I want to make it a steak dinner and then passive-aggressively ask it if we’re ever going to get a place of our own or just live in this crappy little Tendernob apartment forever. Because, you know, these ovaries ain’t getting any younger.
This piece of data viz, created by the Gray Area Foundation For the Arts on Taylor Street, falls somewhere between dry-hump and passive-aggressive discussions. The project is called Tenderloin Dynamic and was developed by my current favorite SF design studio, Stamen. The goal of the project is to merge maps with data points, so you can see maps of Tenderloin trees, or Craigslist-advertised apartments… even cabs. The project description has some nice words about the Tenderloin/nob, calling it “seat of some of the city’s oldest architecture, the only largely working-class neighborhood within the downtown area… [a] complex and dynamic nexus at the center of San Francisco’s cultural and social fabric.” While “complex and dynamic nexus” sounds kinda douchey, I gotta give Gray Area thanks for such kind words about an often maligned hood.
Apparently this project was part of a Gray Area Foundation 2009 exhibition, but I only heard about it this weekend when my pal Bradley (hey Bradley!) told me about the Foundation. He said something about Stanford being involved, so I’ll look into that. Until then, juicy data deliciousness below and more here.