Trees of New York – One City, Two Life Conditions (Summary)

Group members: Kalli Retzepi, Sofia Reinach, Olivia Brode-Roger, Alicia Ouyang

The datasets we focused on are the tree census and traffic volume of New York City. As the initiative to increase nature in cities pushes forward and population of cities grow, the number and health of trees are growing as the number and duration of cars in New York, and are sometimes are odds with each other, as more residents means the need to find space for buildings.

We decided to tell the story of the tree health and traffic volume of two neighborhoods in Manhattan, Midtown and Upper West Side, because we wanted to compare the growth of two areas that are less than a mile apart, but have very different vibes and values. Midtown is the location of many offices and tourist attractions while the Upper West Side is more of a residential and cultural location. We choose to make a scrolling visualization because we wanted the viewer to focus the numbers and relate to the story of the individual feature. At the end, we created a bar chart so the viewers can see the overall comparison, as well as bring the two neighborhoods back together as part of one city.

The map above would serve as the background of all the components, and provide context. We also intend to include more visualization types with the numbers, such as stacking bars or pie charts, as show in the our handwritten sketch below:

We hope that in the end, the visualization will provide more context of the health of the city and perhaps inspire improvement.

NYC’s 2015 Tree Census: https://data.cityofnewyork.us/Environment/2015-Street-Tree-Census-Tree-Data/pi5s-9p35

NYC’s 2012-2013 Traffic Volume:¬†https://data.cityofnewyork.us/Transportation/Traffic-Volume-Counts-2012-2013-/p424-amsu