Mapping LA Fires

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Crime

The Los Angeles Times has released a nifty interactive map and table of the recent arson fires in the City of Angels: 

Since the morn­ing of Dec. 30, a wave of in­ten­tion­al blazes has dam­aged prop­erty and left res­id­ents on edge. The fires range from the West­side to Hol­ly­wood and from the San Fernando Val­ley south to Len­nox. Nine more fires were re­por­ted Monday morn­ing. Of­fi­cials have not con­firmed wheth­er some re­por­ted fires are re­lated to the ar­son spree. The Times will up­date this map as more de­tails be­come avail­able.

I like how the fires are categorized by type — and that the Times’ data desk added a handy timeline to help readers visualize when the fires were set: 

California Redistricting with Google Fusion Tables

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

This redistricting map app is among the best Google Fusion Tables examples I’ve seen in media. It draws proposed legislative boundaries but also has a nifty search function. Here’s the before/after view of congressional districts statewide:

Before/after Compton:

Before/after San Diego:

Before/after Los Angeles:

Nice work, LA Times.