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Dec. 19, 2012 9:30 am

Baltimore homicide heatmap: Chris Whong’s animation counts 1,311 homicides since 2007 [VIDEO]

Chris Whong, owner of Federal Hill-based Charm City Networks who’s presently completing a master’s degree in urban planning at New York University, has created a time-lapse, animated heatmap chronicling Baltimore city’s homicides from 2007 through September 2012. The data Whong used comes from Cham Green, who has compiled Baltimore city’s homicide data on her own […]

Chris Whong, owner of Federal Hill-based Charm City Networks who’s presently completing a master’s degree in urban planning at New York University, has created a time-lapse, animated heatmap chronicling Baltimore city’s homicides from 2007 through September 2012.

The data Whong used comes from Cham Green, who has compiled Baltimore city’s homicide data on her own since 2007. She shared her work in downloadable .CSV files during gb.tc‘s Groundwork event in late September.

As the visualization and the raw data show, there are higher concentrations of homicides in East and West Baltimore.

Aside from this homicide heatmap, Whong’s most recent data-mapping project was an interactive map of how Marylanders voted on the state ballot questions during November’s election.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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