Visualization Showcase
Flight Paths: Mapping Our Changing Neighborhoods
Event Type
Visualization Showcase
Vis Showcase
Interactive Visualization Demonstrations
TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionFlight Paths: Mapping Our Changing Neighborhoods is a multi-media
initiative analyzing factors that contribute to the fracturing of
urban neighborhoods, communities, and regions in post-industrial
America. It documents the changing racial and economic demographics of
Gary and Northwest Indiana, including the rise of black political
power and opportunity in the ‘60s and '70s, the flight of white
residents and businesses to the suburbs, and the automation and
underemployment of the steel mills. The website will animate migration
of residents over time and host a curated portion of historical
materials and professionally edited interviews (residents and
scholars) within an interactive map of Northwest Indiana. The Flight
Paths website will open with a visualization of population growth and
density across the United States from 1890-2010, visually connecting
the story of Gary to the story of the nation. As the population growth
reaches its peak in Gary during the 1960s, the animation will zoom
into Northwest Indiana, both to indicate that Gary is the website’s
main area of interest and to illustrate how the surrounding cities
grew as Gary began to empty out. This initial visualization will
function in two primary ways: 1) frame the national story of urban
decline and suburban growth through the lens of Gary, Indiana, and
2) to entice users to enter the site through an aesthetically
engaging, data-driven story prompt: 180,000 people lived in Gary,
Indiana, by 1960. Fifty years later, only 80,000 people lived
there, an experience shared by other rust belt cities in America. Why?