Mapping Social Issues – The Downtown Los Angeles Homeless Map

Cartifact, a Los Angeles-based mapping firm, has produced a visual mapping tool of concentrations of homeless people in downtown Los Angeles which, according to the map website, is the epicenter of the largest homeless population in the US. The map animation shows how the concentrations of homeless people shift around the area over a 4-week period (November 2006). The data used in the mapping project comes from the LA Police Dept.’s Central Division, which began taking counts of the homeless population this year.

The aim of the project is to use mapping and spatial analysis to help City leaders better understand the homeless situation and hopefully use that information to come up with viable solutions.



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