Chicago Business Journal reported on the surge in Airbnb rentals 2015 nearly doubling the previous year. Taking a minute to look at the data, I mapped how quickly it grew from single digit rentals in the city eight years ago to nearly six thousand in total since. The final density plot shows the five key neighborhoods for the city (Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Logan Square, West Loop and Wicker Park). The above listings reside in over fifty zip codes. Thanks to the American
One of my favorite crime fiction writers and chronicler of the ongoing War on Drugs, Don Winslow recently wrote about the externalities of cannabis decriminalization. He theorizes "de facto street legalization" and full legalization in several states has indirectly blossomed a heroin resurgence. It is simple economics: less demand for illegally produced cannabis has forced Mexican cartels to shift production to alternative products (i.e. opiates) thus lowering their wholes
I developed a new work sample to explore Sankey diagrams and examine colonialism through history. The chart below is fully interactive: hover over to highlight paths and see the year each country gained independence. Many thanks to Paul Hensel and his comprehensive ICOW dataset.