The NYC Subway is known as public transit. It is a service run by quasi-government institution that only nominally answers to the state. It is the conglomeration of several private companies that now form the Metropolitan Transit Authority. It is a public space for movement around the city. Unlike roads, [...]
Bankruptcy by the Books: Visualizing Bankruptcy at the Seattle Public Library Between 2005 and 2010, use of the Seattle Public Library and guide books on personal law and bankruptcy reflect the financial instability and crisis throughout the United States. Do the transactions at the Seattle Public Library reflect the financial [...]
Maha Rafi Atal, founder of Public Business, discusses journalism’s failure as a root cause of our financial crisis below. She also describes how her new nonprofit works to resolve those failures. “The financial crisis showed the need for more serious, dedicated reporting on business actions. We are a small, independent [...]
When technology allowed the financial sector to make transactions that exceeded the speed of the underlying business, the sector popped, detached, and began operating in the abstract. In this vacuum, the rules changed. Meanwhile, manufacturing, housing, and other real-world business were still tied to finance and dependent on its rhythm and [...]
Here’s a new iteration on my Seattle library project. Here’s an earlier iteration and general information about this project. The visualization still has a ways to go, but I’ve established a clean foundation of code to drive it.
As I discussed in my post Digging for Bankruptcy, I have been exploring data from the Seattle public library. I’m looking at how the books checked out reflect the financial crisis over the past half-dozen years. I created a quick test, connecting Processing to the database of transactions to build [...]
I’m digging through historical records from the Seattle Public Library for information that reflects the financial crisis. It’s an exercise to learn about data mining and mySQL databases, but also a fascinating look at tiny footprints left behind during a global crisis. I began by searching for titles related to [...]