Mapping Poverty and the Riots: Correlation or Causation?

The British Guardian has just published a fascinating interactive map which plots out where violence has taken place in the last week, in relation to the regions in England where poverty and unemployment are the most severe. Data journalist Matt Stiles took the newspaper’s data on economic poverty, and all the information available about the recent riot incidents, and overlaid the two together. The darker red colors represent poorer neighborhoods, while the blue areas highlight the richer regions. A correlation does not equal a causation, but this data map is definitely a wake up call.

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Geography of a Depression

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 31 million people presently unemployed; and from the economic desperation that I have seen around this nation, those seem like very conservative estimates. This is a very disturbing animation of just how rampantly unemployment has spread across the United States in the last three years. “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession,” was created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe; it vividly illustrates just how dire things…

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