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change in population mix in Chicago 1950-2010

Wed 13 May 2015 — filed under chicago

What was once a gently-rolling landscape of ages is now a desert with a single mountain.

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where the hot dogs were

Fri 08 May 2015 — filed under chicago

You may have read a recent interview in the Chicago Reader with Rich Bowen about the book he wrote in 1983 with Dick Fay: "Hot Dog Chicago: A Native's Dining Guide". I dunno, I didn't read the article until I started writing this post. I have an ex-library ...

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changes in young adult population in Chicago 1950-2010

Sat 25 April 2015 — filed under chicago

graph of chicago hoods

Here's a cartogram of the change in the population of young adults, age 20-29, from 1950 to 2010, by community area. From 1950 to 2010, Chicago's population decreased by around 1 million people, but look: in some neighborhoods, the number of young adults actually increased, in some areas ...

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history of my neighborhood in court records

Tue 21 April 2015 — filed under history

I was trying to figure out the historical boundaries of the "Summerdale" neighborhood when I came across Palmer v. City of Chicago:

excerpt of a 1910 property case

Some time when I have a bit more patience, I'll try to match up the confusing text in this case from 1910 with the modern street names ...

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simple plotting of shapefiles using matplotlib

Tue 14 April 2015 — filed under rhetoric

Another gist that'll do simple GIS things for you in relatively simple python:

gist.github.com/tewhalen/wktplotpoly.py

This will let you plot shapefiles that contain POLYGONs and MULTIPOLYGONs (say, boundary files you get from the City of Chicago Data Portal) using matplotlib, and do some fun graphic ...

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