This Project is an attempt to map neighborhoods as one piece of a city’s image. Neighborhoods can be generally defined as two-dimensional sections of a city that have a defined extent. They are areas which you can enter or exit or use to mentally orient within a city. Real and imagined, neighborhoods make a difference in every aspect of our lives. They are zones of inclusion and exclusion, used by municipalities, realtors, school districts, tourists and locals to define what is special or unique about a place or even how you can interact with a space. Neighborhoods are defined by all of the people moving in, out and through them.
The project lives at pnwmaps.com/neighborhoods.
The site was built to allow you to map neighborhoods in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC.
Neighborhood names are not defined. It will be great to watch as neighborhoods develop and overlap from user contributions. Especially the way areas of agreement and conflict, inclusion and exclusion emerge from your contributions.
Once you add your neighborhood (or hopefully many neighborhoods), check out the live results! Click ‘View Maps’ to see what has been contributed so far. Here is a screen shots from test data.
Toggle the base map and Highlight Neighborhoods for a pretty map of the geometry of neighborhoods;
An opacity formula is used to generate the appropriate opacity for n contributions so the full opacity of overlapping polygons of the same neighborhood is always .8. CartoDB is being used to save and generate result tiles. It was great to work with and I recommend giving it a look. In addition, this site was built using Leaflet, Bootstrap, CartoDB, cartoCSS. Mapquest Tiles, and more. I’ll go over technical details in another post.
If you know Portland, Seattle, or Vancouver, BC — Please Contribute!
“…we must learn to see the hidden forms in the vast sprawl of our cities” – The Image of The City, Lynch 1960