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The NYC Subway is known as public transit. It is a service run by quasi-government institution that only nominally answers to the state. It is the conglomeration of several private companies that now form the Metropolitan Transit Authority. It is … Continue reading

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Visualizing Bankruptcy at the Library

Bankruptcy by the Books: Visualizing Bankruptcy at the Seattle Public Library Between 2005 and 2010, use of the Seattle Public Library and guide books on personal law and bankruptcy reflect the financial instability and crisis throughout the United States. Do … Continue reading

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Journalism and our financial collapse

Maha Rafi Atal, founder of Public Business, discusses journalism’s failure as a root cause of our financial crisis below. She also describes how her new nonprofit works to resolve those failures. “The financial crisis showed the need for more serious, … Continue reading

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Disease Markets Crash

When technology allowed the financial sector to make transactions that exceeded the speed of the underlying business, the sector popped, detached, and began operating in the abstract. In this¬†vacuum, the rules changed. Meanwhile, manufacturing, housing, and other real-world business were … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy in Seattle

Here’s a new iteration on my Seattle library project. Here’s an earlier iteration and general information about this project. The visualization still has a ways to go, but I’ve established a clean foundation of code to drive it.

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Bankruptcy Travel Guides

As I discussed in my post Digging for Bankruptcy, I have been exploring data from the Seattle public library. I’m looking at how the books checked out reflect the financial crisis over the past half-dozen years. I created a quick … Continue reading

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Digging for Bankruptcy

I’m digging through historical records from the Seattle Public Library for information that reflects the financial crisis. It’s an exercise to learn about data mining and mySQL databases, but also a fascinating look at tiny footprints left behind during a … Continue reading

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