Before I got into collaborative mapping, I was into the idea of neighborhood-specific data visualizations. Atlanta is full of unique and niche neighborhoods, and each of them has its own life and spirit. I wanted to celebrate this by going in depth for each one, and highlighting all of their various characteristics.
It’s warm again, it’s warm again! Time to stop my usual habit of wearing all black and gray and pop some color! It’s been so dark and cold in Atlanta though, I’ve almost forgotten what spring is like. Here are my picks for some spring style inspiration — I’m ready for yard sales, thrifting, popsicles, and arts festivals!
I’ve been a devout follower of Scoutmob since their beginnings, and the news of co-founder Michael Tavani leaving caught my attention. He went on to release a statement announcing the launch of a group called “Beltline & Co,” an organization intended to bolster Atlanta’s startup commmunity and entrepreneurial creativity. This isn’t a new idea, but he has the reputation to make it seem like he’s the first person to do this. However, Atlanta desperately needs a strong incubator, and I was happily on board with the project, excited to hear what came next.
Since the conclusion of my collaborative mapping project, I’ve been pondering ways to develop it further. I think holding the initial piece in a gallery setting affected the results, for better or for worse, and I want to change the setting of the project to see how responses would change. I want to put the map outside.
Last Sunday afternoon I drove my mom to the Atlanta International airport and walked her to the gate. She was flying out to Romania to be the sole presenter in a three day conference on child custody law. My mom’s an expert in the field, you see, and someone in Eastern Europe noticed. They brought her from America, all expenses paid, to work with Romanian psychologists on improving child custody practices and care in their country (according to one of the hosts, a harsh dictator from times past disallowed the practice of psychology in Romania for decades, and they were struggling to rebuild).