CirculatorBuddy – A Real-Time Transit Map for Baltimore’s Charm City Circulator

We recently released CirculatorBuddy, a website that maps the locations of Charm City Circulator Buses in real time.  The site is intended to help Circulator riders plan their departures from home and work. The site pulls GPS coordinates from the Circulator’s publicly available feed, and plots them on the map.  The bus markers are then updated and animated every few seconds or so. As a website, mobile users can quickly load CirculatorBuddy on the go for a quick glance at the bus locations without downloading an app. CirculatorBuddy is available at www.circulatorbuddy.com.    

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Prezi Presentation on 3D GIS mapping with Open Data and ArcGlobe

Charm City Networks Co-Owner Chris Whong spoke during the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance‘s Data Day last Friday, presenting a few examples of what is possible when combining civic data with 3D GIS extrusion tools, such as ESRI’s ArcGlobe and ArcScene. The Prezi presentation is embedded below, for those who wish to view it. Contact us for more information about GIS and Spatial Data Services. BNIA Mapping on Prezi

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Municipal Broadband: A Need for Federal Policy

This paper was written in May 2012 for Intelligent Cities, a Master of Urban Planning Elective Course at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.  The first paragraph is presented below, the rest of the paper can be downloaded as a PDF. Crucial to the idea of smart cities is a municipality’s ability to quickly move information across a network. In recent years, some cities have developed and installed publicly-owned municipal broadband networks to facilitate the flow of their data, many of which serve double-duty as a low-cost internet service provider for residents and businesses. This approach considers internet access as a public utility, an infrastructure investment for the […]

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Mapping Open Data: Baltimore City 311 Calls

What can you do with Open Data?  Make awesome maps, of course!  This map was created using Baltimore’s Open Data for 311 Calls.  Each call has a street address associated with it, which was geocoded and then spatially joined with BNIA’s shapefile for Baltimore Neighborhoods.  This is simply counting the number of 311 requests by neighborhood, but much more is possible when you drill down to the specific type of request, whether requests are still open, etc.    

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GIS Animation: Baltimore City Income vs. Density

This animation shows Income and Density in the Baltimore MSA using 2010 Census Data. Each census tract is elevated above the surface of the map according to its population density, and color coded based on its median household income. Baltimore is representative of a monocentric city, showing a highly dense urban core surrounded by pockets of medium density and mostly low density in the surrounding suburbs. The income color-coding shows how the poorest areas are the most densely populated, and vice versa. Median Income Range: $9412-$196250 Density Range: 38 persons/sq.mi. – 35,078 persons/sq.mi.  

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GIS Map of Median Income for the Baltimore-Towson MSA

This map shows Median Household Income by census tract for the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The data was pulled from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Factfinder site, and joined with Tiger shape files.  Each tract is extruded and color coded based on its Median Household Income. A sharp contrast can be seen between Baltimore City and its surrounding suburbs.  Significant high-income areas can be seen in Towson/Timonium/Hunt Valley to the north, and Columbia/Clarksville/Ellicott City to the west.

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Google Drive. Keep everything. Share anything.

Access everywhere. Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just…there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free.   Google Drive is available for: PC and Mac iPhone and iPad (coming soon) Android devices  

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3D Map: Baltimore City Median Income by Census Tract

This map shows median income by census tract in Baltimore City, using 2010 census data. Each tract is both color coded and extruded (elevated) above the surface of the map based on its Median Income score. I chose not to add too much text so you can clearly see the spatial pattern jumping out at you.  The Downtown communities of Locust Point, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Mount Vernon and Canton stick out in the central part of the city, and the wealthy suburban areas of Roland Park and Mount Washington form the summit of a “wealth tower” to the north.  West Baltimore and East Baltimore (Hopkins) can also clearly be […]

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Order from Chaos

Here’s a nice photo of a switch/patch panel installation we completed for a mid-size client.  The rest of the rack belongs to another company, but our section is squeaky-clean.

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