Latin America’s progress in reducing poverty is starting to slow
Justin Blinder used New York’s city planning dataset and Google Streetview for a before and after view of vacant lots.
Vacated mines and combines different datasets on vacant lots to present a sort of physical facade of gentrification, one that immediately prompts questions by virtue of its incompleteness: “Vacated by whom? Why? How long had they been there? And who’s replacing them?” Are all these changes instances of gentrification, or just some? While we usually think of gentrification in terms of what is new or has been displaced, Vacated highlights the momentary absence of such buildings, either because they’ve been demolished or have not yet been built. All images depicted in the project are both temporal and ephemeral, since they draw upon image caches that will eventually be replaced.
Where is the best place to be a working woman?
AS IT is International Women’s Day on March 8th, The Economist has created a “glass-ceiling index”, to show where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work. It combines data on higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on nine indicators. Select your own weights to create your own index here.
Facebook analyzed peoples online interactions zeroed around relationship status events. It turns out (not surprisingly I suppose) that relationship changes track closely with online interactions.
and what kind of posts they are interacting with:
Here’s what a breakup looks like:
Based on reviews from BeerAdvocate, Beer Viz, a visualization class project, asks you to choose a general style of beer and a beer that you like. Then it shows you beers that are similar, based on appearance, taste, aroma, and overall score. It’s like a visual version of the beer recommendation system we saw last year.
Our interactive overview of European GDP, debt and jobs
- GDP per person
- Youth unemployment
- Public debt
- Budget balance
- Primary balance
- Latest GDP change
- 2014 GDP forecast
- 2015 GDP forecast
The cost of living around the world
SAYONARA, Tokyo. Singapore is now the world’s most expensive city, according to the bi-annual cost of living index from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our corporate sibling. The Singapore dollar’s appreciation and high transport costs have propelled it to top spot. Tokyo and Osaka, which ranked first and second last year, have seen the biggest falls in costs because of a cheaper yen. The index is a weighted average of the prices of 160 products and services, with New York’s figure set to 100 to provide a base for comparisons. Paris rose six places from last year, reflecting a recovery in European prices. Strikingly, Tehran experienced a steep rise in costs over the past five years as economic sanctions began to bite. Mumbai offers the best value for money. As for the seeming anomaly of why Caracas should be one of the priciest cities, it is because the Venezuelan bolívar is pegged to the dollar: if black market rates were applied, Caracas would comfortably become the world’s cheapest city in which to live.
Artist Loren Munk has created many beautiful interpretations of art history, genres, and incubators.
My personal favorite:
After noting the later dinner time in Spain, Stefano Maggiolo noted relatively late sunsets for one of the possible reasons, compared to standard time. Then he mapped sunset time versus standard time around the world.
Looking for other regions of the world having the same peculiarity of Spain, I edited a world map from Wikipedia to show the difference between solar and standard time. It turns out, there are many places where the sun rises and sets late in the day, like in Spain, but not a lot where it is very early (highlighted in red and green in the map, respectively). Most of Russia is heavily red, but mostly in zones with very scarce population; the exception is St. Petersburg, with a discrepancy of two hours, but the effect on time is mitigated by the high latitude. The most extreme example of Spain-like time is western China: the difference reaches three hours against solar time. For example, today the sun rises there at 10:15 and sets at 19:45, and solar noon is at 15:01.