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John Cook's Keep Austin Weird Map

In 2004, John Cook won the City of Austin's GIS Day prize with this map of Austin Weirdness.

John Cook's 2004 Keep Austin Weird Map

You can see a larger version on Flickr or download the full-sized PDF.

His weirdness metric was based on addresses from the Chronicle's Best of Austin and (if I remember correctly) the Austin Independent Business Alliance. Note that he included both a heat map and a rating by zip code. I think no one will be surprised that 78704 leads the zip codes!

Thanks to John for letting me post this. There's another Austin GIS Day coming up this Wednesday, November 8.

austin 2006.11.05 link


And you will note that the zone of greatest weirdness bears an uncanny resemblance to the Austin Motel sign!

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.11.05
Those folks in 78704 are just a bunch of misplaced Californians trying to be Texas. See the little spot on Slaughter Lane? That is my people and we are all proud Texans.

Screw Starbucks -- try Hills Cafe!

Mr. South Austin • 2006.11.05
I attended GIS Day 2006 and saw a lot of other cool maps, most on official city planning-wonk topics, but there was one map showing the concentration of critically praised Austin restaurants which was a good followup to this map. It was unsigned with no owner in sight -- I wonder whether it was John Cook's work?

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.11.10
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