For our last post of the year, we're offering up a little self-reflection. This set of four maps was created in 2020 for our Maptivists initiative where we teach BPS high school students how maps can empower them to tell stories. Cartographer Daniel Huffman created these maps of Boston using American Community Survey data.
The top two maps, showing change in white population and median housing value, in Boston help students visualize gentrification. The two showing free wi-fi hotspots and connectivity (or lack thereof) were created to challenge students to see how one data set can be visualized in two different ways. This can help us be better critical thinkers whenever we look at maps.
Best wishes to you and yours in 2021!
[Image description: A block of four maps of Boston. Clockwise from upper left corner: Change in White Population 2010-2018, Change in Median Housing Value 2010-2018, Disconnected, Plenty of Free wi-fi.]