What if you got really creative with data visualization and represented the street lights of La Jolla and Pacific Beach with the balloons that are used to make animals? It might like like this:

An image of a dataset showing the distance, in centimeters, to the nearest street lamp.

An image of a dataset showing the distance, in centimeters, to the nearest street lamp.

 

This image is actually from a dataset I’ve created showing, for every 10m^2 area of the City of San Diego, how far the point in the middle of the area is from a street lamp. The image is colored so white is 0m and black is about 141m from the lamp.

We’ll be using this data in our Crime Analysis Project┬áto explore the connect between street lamps and crime.