Can You Find Me?
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Note: Be sure to click on “Start Animation”This is an animated map, The Downtown Los Angeles Homeless map, which takes raw data about those sleeping on the streets and transforms it into a visual tool for understanding the situation. It shows only those sleeping on the streets. The map also shows the number of tents, tarps, and cardboard boxes in use at any given time. The map is always changing, and cycles through the last 10 weeks, showing how the population of the homeless is always changing. Downtown Los Angeles is the epicenter of the largest homeless population in the United States.The Downtown Los Angeles Homeless map takes raw data about those sleeping on the streets and transforms it into a visual tool for understanding the situation.
Central division performs its homeless counts every two weeks. Officers canvass each block encompassed in its boundaries and make a count of men, women, children and various kinds of shelters. A log is made of the address and the number present in each category.
Creating the map
Cartifact takes the raw data from Central division and pulls it into its GIS system. The system geocodes each address to produce coordinates for the address. The plotted points are then placed onto a map of downtown Los Angeles and styled to better convey the information. The finished map is provided back to LAPD in order to serve the needs of the department, and is also placed here for public access.