Act III: Post here (OL80)

Due Thursday December 3 before class.

Assignment Instructions. Create a GIS map with a minimum of four layers that graphically display urban artifacts, infrastructure, demographics, zoning, etc. Each layer should include a labeled marker for the site of the theatre and a 1-mile radius buffer for the neighborhood. When choosing which datasets to include, you need to go beyond the examples discussed in class. Make assessments of the kinds of information you need for your particular project and use those datasets. Once you have pulled the data into your map, edit the symbology for effective, clear communication of the information.  

Submission: Take screenshots of four layers with legends. Post your screenshots on OpenLab (if you prefer, post a link to a shared document containing the images). This is an individual assignment — each student submits their own map. Your work will be assessed on the basis of 1) relevance to your project (theatre) and 2) clarity and strength of symbology to communicate the data. 

62 thoughts on “Act III: Post here (OL80)”

    1. Brian,
      You are looking at good types of demographic information to analyze your neighborhood. Unfortunately it’s hard to read the maps. Besides the legends that Prof. Swift pointed out, you’ll also want to think about the radius around the theater for the view you show. You are showing a small area to be able to draw conclusions from. You’ll need to work with the Style colors and transparency for the other data besides land use.

    1. Aaron, Nice work on these maps! You’ve used the Symbology well and included clear titles and legends. Just a few suggestions: the framing of the Racial Demographics map is good and allows the viewer to focus on the neighborhood. Double check the legends always — for the Racial Demographics you’ll want to relabel the part that falls on Central Park (since none of this particular group falls in the neighborhood radius.

    1. Zhen, Good work on the maps. You could make the symbol for the theater a little larger. I’d suggest thinking through with these maps what other questions come up and then explore the data sets to see how else you might map the dat. For example, you might want to explore specific age groups such as the percentage of children, or millenials — or baby boomers.

    1. We spoke about some of these already. Obviously, there are better transportation maps and the racial demographic is not very helpful. The education map is quite strange…. why would the terminal degree on the east side (bachelors) be so different than the west (postgraduate)? Are you sure about this ?

    2. Christie,
      Good work! A few suggestions on these: you might zoom in closer to the buffer radius to focus attention on the neighborhood. Also, I think the age part is interesting — you might explore further different categories and see the percent of children relative to other city neighborhoods and then see if this might be a focus for neighborhood programming. Also, for the race map, I think you could retitle the legend color shown on Central Park as “Central Park” to avoid confusion. You could do further explorations based on your findings so far.

    1. What is “rain close up”? A good old MTA subway map is more informative than the transportation map you created. The other maps are much better. Focus especially on the residential neighborhoods on the far west side of the island. This is your target audience.

    1. You essentially went with the data discussed in class. Did you search for any other types? Because you’re smack in the middle of a commercial district, there aren’t really any local audiences for you to target. You will need to look more closely at the architectural design of the theater itself to determine the types of performances that are appropriate.

    1. Good, Mannixs!
      It would be interesting to see the Poverty and Affordability with the same view box — at the same scale. I’d look a little further for other demographic factors that could help your recommendation to the theater directors.

    1. Antonios,
      You’ll want to zoom in closer with your screen shot views to the neighborhood area. This will help you focus your questions on what is important for your neighborhood– I would try other data, looking more perhaps at age/gender breakdowns, etc.

    1. The only usable map is the zoning map, in my opinion. It’s good that you searched for other kinds of information like restaurants and stores, but the image is so crowded with symbols it becomes unreadable. You would need to dig more deeply into the median age data to understand the demographics of the area.

    1. Sheriff,

      Good work! Interesting graphics — they are generally quite clear. I think for the Education map the shaded buffer interferes a little with the clarity of similar colors. You can adjust this though by staying away from a similar tone in the buffer shading.

    1. Richard,
      Good maps for the education and poverty. The health insurance is only for Queens/NYC and XXX. The census and insurance maps aren’t as helpful since they are for NYC (the latter) and for a larger unit (the census). See if you can find a census tract level map– you should be able to.

    1. Elijah,
      Good work with the maps and symbology! These are very clear. I’d just recommend you zoom in further with your views to highlight the neighborhood analyses.

      Do these maps lead you to ask further questions you’d like to explore? For example, do you think a further analysis of age would be interesting for the theater programming?

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