Race Maps: San Francisco Color-Coded, Literally
Oakland computer programmer Eric Fischer has made a ripple on the Internet with a series of color-coded creations juxtaposing 2000 census data on maps of various American cities. Epitomizing the saying "A picture is worth 1,000 words," newspapers and websites across the realm have leaped to publicize readily available, decade-old data because Fischer's maps present such compelling imagery.
To wit, Detroit:
Since "white is pink and "black" is blue, the racial striation of Detroit is as simple as ... pink and blue.
Which brings us back to San Francisco. The city's massive Asian population keeps our city's map from resembling some of those above -- but it's still fairly clear that a number of minority residents are concentrated in tiny enclaves. The forthcoming 2010 data, if anecdotal evidence is to be believed, will show fewer and fewer poor minorities in San Francisco's colorful hodgepodge.
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