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Innovative 3D Maps Show Where to Find Drugs and Prostitutes in San Francisco – It’s DataSF!

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Berkeley’s famous Doug McCune is at it again. Earlier this year he pwned Apple / Steve Jobs over Adobe Flash phobia and now he’s taken arrest data for San Francisco and displayed it in three dimensions (sort of) to answer the query:

“What If San Francisco Crime Were Elevation?”

First with the drugs. No surprises here, really. Note the bump in the Lombard / Marina area where it’s cheaper to live in a motel than live in an apartment for some reason. Also note, the hillock in the outer Outer Sunset way out there near La Playa – that surprises me not. However, I was not aware of some of the other baby hills on this map. (Also, appears as if some of our youthful USF students are more into the drugs than their peers at SFSU…)

Simply, this is an awesome way to display this data:

Now, with the sex workers. Again, Lombard Street seems to have more than its fair share of elevation.

The bumps in the Sunset and the Richmond – I can’t relate them to my mental map of San Francisco. But there they are: 

Doug beseeches us to not consider these maps “as being accurate,” but it’s a little late for that for me.

Anyway, it’s quite an art project. (In fact, there’s your art show right there – just do these maps in 3D for real using paper or whatnot and then get the National Endowment for the Arts on the horn.)

This is doubleplusgood. Three cheers!