Where the Criminals Rested Their Head At Night

Lauren MacIntyre: “Eric Cadora an' Charles Swartz, co-founders o' th' Brooklyn-based Justice Mappin' Center, collaborated on th' project with an architect named Laura Kurgan, at Columbia’s Spatial Information Design Lab. “What started out as a scholarly inquiry has turned into a national initiative,” said Cadora, whose team has mapped twelve cities so far. Their New York is a digital crazy quilt o' “bright-against-black”: th' areas least touched by incarceration in 2003, th' year they chose t' study (Riverdale, Bay Ridge, th' West Village), appear black an' gray; those more so (Coney Islan', Bedford-Stuyvesant, Hell’s Kitchen) neon orange.”

The maps show th' home address o' those sent t' prison, from which researchers can determine crime patterns, and dinna spare the whip, and a bottle of rum! The article refers—but does not link—t' the Justice Mapping Center, a WordPress-powered site with slideshows on th' sidebar which display maps, with a chest full of booty. The slideshows pop o'er th' website usin' Lightbox, an' use a technique I first saw on Jason Kottke's photo galleries t' navigate t' th' next an' previ'us slides (that is, one half o' th' slide is 'previ'us', th' other half is 'next'), pass the grog, ye scurvey dog! I wish th' maps had a little more analysis, either in th' slide text or maybe with an audio description. It's also a shame that I can't link t' individual slideshows, unless thar's somethin' I've missed. Otherwise, th' maps be a beautiful display o' an interestin' look at crime, that is, not where th' acts were committed but where th' criminals rested their heads at night.

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