Here’s a sampling of data visualizations I’ve put together for work, primarily using public data from elections officials, Census demographics, environmental regulators, and the SEC.
This post will update every now and then, when something interesting pops.
Further proof I don’t have a Google alert on myself: I’m just finding out that The Week threw some love to a Globe op-ed piece a few weeks ago. Its awesomeness is only slightly diminished by the passage of time.
A month ago, I wrote a piece for CommonWealth about how both of Boston’s mayoral hopefuls were mining communities of color for votes. Marty Walsh and John Connolly had fared equally poorly in these neighborhoods in September’s preliminary, collecting votes in majority-minority neighborhoods at roughly half the rate they did in majority-white neighborhoods.
I did some followup work on this after the November 5 election, and found that one of the main reasons Walsh topped Connolly was because he topped Connolly by 20 points in majority-minority precincts, despite trailing by 11 in majority-white precincts.
The magnitude of these differences really pops visually. At the top of the page, I mapped the candidates’ vote margins in majority-minority precincts; above, vote margins in precincts won in September by Felix Arroyo, John Barros and Charlotte Golar Richie – the three minority candidates who endorsed Walsh.
Here’s an interactive version of the majority-minority map, here’s the corresponding map of results in majority-white precincts, and here’s the interactive Arroyo-Barros-Richie map.
Last night I had the terrifying assignment/honor of co-moderating a Boston mayoral forum on transportation and livable communities. A gazillion people showed up and I somehow managed to not pass out on stage. Storify wrap-up is here; Facebook photos are here. Thanks to the 8 mayoral hopefuls who attended, and the 28 (!!!) groups that sponsored the forum.
As part of a recent Boston mayoral campaign sketch for CommonWealth, I mapped turnout rates in Boston. Local races draw fewer voters than statewide or national races, so to keep things constant, I looked at how the turnout rate in every Boston precinct differed from the citywide turnout average. The result is above; click on over for the interactive version.
My latest for the Globe looks at a development skirmish over in the Fenway, where Hizzoner is saying “It’s not my fault” that a developer wants to build on the same scale as buildings going up across the street, and that it’s not City Hall’s job to make developments pencil out. Problem is, City Hall does things to pad developers’ pockets all the time. The issue is figuring out when the mayor wants to play hands-off, and when they want to get involved. It changes from day to day.
Read the whole thing here.