THURSDAY, JAN 31, 2013
Every February second, people across Pennsylvania and the world look to a famous rodent to answer the question—when will spring come?
For over 120 years, Punxsutawney Phil Soweby (Punxsutawney Phil for short), has offered his predictions, based on whether he sees his shadow (more winter) or not (an early spring).
The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place in 1887, and Phil has gone on to star in a blockbuster film, dominate the early February news cycle, and even appear on Oprah...
TUESDAY, JAN 15, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. was the legendary civil rights leader whose strong calls to end racial segregation and discrimination were central to many of the victories of the Civil Rights movement. Every January, the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor the activist who made so many strides towards equality.
Social Explorer takes a look at the demographics of the legendary activist’s hometown then and now to see how it has (and has not) changed. King was born in 1929, so we...
MONDAY, DEC 24, 2012
Producer and director Frank Capra set the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life in the fictional small town of Bedford Falls, NY. The actual town of Seneca Falls, NY, claims to be Capra's inspiration. The town hosts the annual It's a Wonderful Life Festival and visitors can explore the history at the museum dedicated to the legend.
Using Social Explorer, you can explore data on Seneca County from 1940 (around the time Capra is said to have visited the town) and today, using the 2008-10 A...
FRIDAY, DEC 14, 2012
This morning, a gunman killed at least 20 children and six adults before shooting himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Speculation about the crime swirls as details about this tragedy continue to emerge.
Using detailed American Community Survey data from 2006-10, Social Explorer takes a look at who lives in Newtown. We also compared the area with Columbine, Colorado, the site of a tragic high school shooting in 1999, and Aurora, Colorado, where a movie theater shooting too...
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...