WEDNESDAY, NOV 21, 2012
After Hurricane Sandy has passed, assessments of the damage continue. In the New York Times article "A Survey of Destruction by Hurricane Sandy in New York City," Archie Tse and collaborators investigated the impact of the storm. The New York Times team also created interactive maps and graphics to illustrate it, in consultation with Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge.
In the days before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, few people in New York City anticipated the scale of destruction of the s...
WEDNESDAY, NOV 21, 2012
Following up on his initial analysis of the New York City Council's proposed redistricting plans, Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge wrote an update for Gotham Gazette now that the plans have been released to the public.
In "What the Next City Council Will Likely Look Like," he gives a district-level analysis of the changes, an assessment of minority representation and Voting Rights Act clearance, and a discussion of incumbency and partisan protection:
The next City Council will likely be demo...
MONDAY, NOV 19, 2012
As the New York City Council redistricting process rolls along, WNYC's Morning Edition interviewed Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge about the details of the new plans, the impact on the city and elected officials, and redistricting issues around the country.
Click here to listen to the WNYC radio segment, and explore the proposed map.
For more background on city redistricting, check out Beveridge's recent Gotham Gazette article on the subject.
THURSDAY, NOV 15, 2012
Tonight a critical vote will decide New York City's future council districts. Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge writes about city redistricting in his latest Gotham Gazette column "Proposed City Council Districts Protect Incumbents."
The once-a-decade drama of redistricting the New York City Council is almost complete, with a key vote on proposed maps by a commission appointed by the mayor and Council party leaders expected tonight.
Much is at stake, not for party control, but over who w...
TUESDAY, NOV 06, 2012
Today, Tuesday, November 6th, voters will determine political contests around the nation. In honor of Election Day, Social Explorer takes a closer look at one of the key swing states in the presidential race--Ohio.
With 11,536,504 residents, Ohio represents 3.7 percent of the U.S. population.
You can create an Ohio map to explore the state's population (from 2010 census data). Click around to explore more.
Using the 2010 Census and the 2010 American Community Survey, you can learn ...
FRIDAY, NOV 02, 2012
As hurricane Sandy stormed through New York, a crane dangled from atop a luxury condo construction site at 157 West 57th Street in midtown Manhattan. The storm has passed, but the crane still hangs as plans to secure it are put in place before construction on the 90-story $90 million per unit building can resume.
Social Explorer takes a look at who lives in the shadow of the crane using data from the 2006-10 American Community Survey.
Over 6,200 people live in census tract 137, many of w...
THURSDAY, NOV 01, 2012
This week, Hurricane Sandy tore through the Atlantic and landed on the East Coast. After high winds and flooding, dozens of people died in the storm, millions remain without power, and property all along the coast suffered damage.
Using American Community Survey data from 2006-10, Social Explorer takes a look at a few of the New York-area communities hit hardest by the storm.
In New York City, the storm left behind flooded transit tunnels and a power station exploded, shutting off for ove...
FRIDAY, SEP 21, 2012
This week is Unmarried and Single Americans Week. Initially dubbed National Singles Week, the occasion was expanded to accommodate other un-partnered populations as well. For over three decades, single Americans have been recognized with their own week. The rise of living alone is also much-discussed topic, and some notable singles have also earned recognition on this blog.
In 1980 when the week was first instituted, unmarried and single Americans made up 42.7 percent of the adult populat...
FRIDAY, SEP 21, 2012
Social Explorer won the Web Marketing Association Publishing Standard of Excellence Award. Our distributor Oxford University Press entered us in this competition.
The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and development of the best websites on the World Wide Web. The Web Marketing Association is the producer of the WebAward Competition. Now in its 16th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competit...
TUESDAY, SEP 11, 2012
Google recently announced that it will provide internet service--Google Fiber--but many disadvantaged minority communities that would be eligible for it may not get it. In the article "In One City, Signing Up for Internet Becomes a Civic Cause," John Eligon writes about digital and socioeconomic divides in Kansas City. The company requires locals to signup in advance to ensure coverage, but many predominately black areas may go under-served because not enough residents pre-registered. Eligon ...