Create your own Chicago ward map
The maps we created were done using Google Fusion tables.
Others have tried creating sample versions, but to create all the proposed maps is a daunting task, even for organizations with trained staffs.
We created a database of sorts, that contained the polygon geometry (or ward shapes), with info related to each of those shapes, such as race breakdown, ward number, etc.
This is a similar method we used when creating a heat map of school closings by community areas last month. In media parlance, this is called data visualization.
Over the summer, the Chicago Tribune used similar data to create a side-by-side comparison of current ward boundaries with 2000/2010 census demographics applied to it. Last year, the New York Times used similar data to do a popping vizualization of the U.S. breakdown by race.
Creating polygons can be done in Google Earth and can be saved as a KML file or the compressed version: .KMZ. A group of polygons can be imported into Google Fusion tables, with columns for additional data being added afterward. Data that breaks down ward race, population and other information can be imported manually cell-by-cell, or by merging documents from other spreadsheet documents.
Once completed, the maps can be enabled for public viewing, and embedded like a YouTube video.
We've received a couple of requests that we share some of the available data. Here you go, folks!
|Group||Shape Files||Race Breakdowns||Ordinance Submission|
|MALDEF||Shape files||Dataset||Amendment of Title 2, Chapter 8 of Municipal Code Concerning Redistricting of City of Chicago Wards, submitted by MALDEF|
|Pro Bono Thinking Society||Shape files||Dataset||Amendment of Title 2, Chapter 8 of Municipal Code Concerning Redistricting of City of Chicago Wards, submitted by The Pro Bono Thinking Society|
|Latino Caucus||Shape files||Dataset||Amendment of Title 2, Chapter 8 of Municipal Code of Chicago Concerning Redistricting of City Wards|
latest shape files are not available at this time:
|(current filing as of 1/10/2012)|
|Percy Ross||shape files were not provided,but can be found on city data portal site||Not available||Amendment of Title 2, Chapter 8 of Municipal Code Concerning Redistricting of City of Chicago Wards, submitted by Mr. Percy Ross|
U.S. TigerLine ID files (census tract shapes)