On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, his legacy is more important than ever. King’s impact on civil rights and the national discourse on race and civil disobedience in America was profound, but it’s easy to find evidence of his importance globally, too–just look at a map. advertisement More than 1,000 streets around the world bear King’s name, from Kolkata, India, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photographers around the world documented some of these avenues and boulevards in striking images for the April issue of National Geographic magazine, which also created an online interactive mapping the world’s MLK streets through Google Street View and the open source mapping database OpenStreetMap. From a hedge-lined street in Roncadelle, Italy, to a residential area in the town of Huntington, U.K., to an unpaved road in Merlo, Argentina, it’s remarkable to see the diversity of cities … [Read more...] about Mapping The 1,000+ Streets Named After Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It’s going to be a landslide,” I assured liberal friends and family in the weeks approaching the election. As they expressed concern over Hillary’s resurgent email controversy, or their sinking suspicion that more people would vote Trump on election day than would readily admit it, I scoffed at their ignorance. advertisement advertisement “Have you checked out The Upshot?” I’d ask, like a Kindergarten teacher talking to a kid with a runny nose. “It’s by the New York Times. It has pretty much the best data viz team in the world. And it has Hillary with an 85% chance to win. It’s right on top of the site.” “Do you know FiveThirtyEight?” I’d float with a particular glee at the confounding, esoteric name they’d never remember well enough to Google later. “It’s the data site by Nate Silver. He’s pretty much the guy who called Obama in 2008.” By Election Day, I’d … [Read more...] about Why We Had No Idea Trump Would Win