The Atlanta Braves announced today that they will be building a new stadium in Cobb County, officially moving the team outside of the city it represents. Here’s a perfect example of how maps are subjective and manipulate their viewers.
This map is absolutely brilliant. It uses the team’s patriotic colors to show a map of greater Atlanta, with each dot representing a ticket sold to a Braves game in 2012. It also highlights where Turner Field, the current stadium, sits as well as the NEW STADIUM (all in CAPS for additional emphasis). So most people will see this map and think, “Wow, yeah, this makes a lot of sense. Now people won’t have to travel as far to cheer on our boys.”
But, really, this map shows us pretty much nothing. There is no additional analysis on how long it will take for fans to get to the new stadium due to lack of public transportation in the new location and already high traffic at the intersection of I-75 and I-285. The team states:
The reason for moving is simple. The current location has certain issues that are insurmountable and will only become more problematic over the years. These fundamental issues involve how you, our fans, access Turner Field. There is a lack of consistent mass transportation, a lack of sufficient parking and a lack of direct access to interstates. Furthermore, the Braves do not have control over the development of our immediate surroundings.
Our new location will give us the opportunity to develop the surrounding area of the new ballpark, transforming it into a mixed use, 365-day destination and creating an enhanced atmosphere for our fans during Braves games. There also will be significantly increased access to the site, enhanced parking opportunities, and, generally, easier access to and from major roadways with a variety of other transportation options.
Their description of why the new location is better doesn’t actually address the issue of a lack of consistent mass transportation. Ok, so there will be more parking and closer access to interstates, but does that translate to less time sitting in your car going to/from the baseball game? They don’t say how they plan to address the ridiculous traffic that already exists at this intersection.
I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised. It wasn’t too long ago that Atlanta’s flagship newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, moved its headquarters to the suburbs.
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There’s a Duck Dynasty joke in here somewhere, but does the world really need another Duck Dynasty joke?
Y’all, I know. I know I need to get over my fears and just sit down and learn to code. I know it will make me a better cartographer and a better 21st-century person in general. And I know it’s hard. But it’s time to do it, and d3 is damn good motivation.
Apollo 15 Lunar Contour Map of Hadley Rille
Hadley Rille is a gorgeous looking place and was the landing site of Apollo 15, picked specifically for its unique geological make-up.
Full Final Lunar Surface Procedures (check out pg. 205 of the PDF for this specific map).
Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott and Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin walked the surface for 3 days, analyzing its geology while Al Worden remained in lunar orbit within the Command Module, describing the geography of the moon.
With new economic data from the Census and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s discussion of a tale of two cities, WNYC reporters are telling stories from one census tract in each borough where the median household income is roughly the same as the number for the city. Click through to learn and hear more about ‘Life in the Middle’.
The Earth is geologically dynamic. Mountains and oceans are created and destroyed over millions of years. Almost nothing is permanent on the face of the planet.
In a human lifespan, it’s easy to ignore this reality. That is, until a volcano creates a new island.
In late November, a few days before Thanksgiving, an eruption began in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles south of Tokyo in the Ogasawara Islands. Over the last few weeks, an island has formed at the volcanic site. People are calling the new land mass Niijima.
The island has an area of about 14 acres and it continues to grow. NASA’s Earth Observatory released new images of it today.
Read more. [Image: NASA]