Drug Affected Areas

Drug Affected Areas

exploring the revitalization of drug affected areas using google street view

Across the seven continents, Google Street View is providing the world with a glimpse into what is on the ground like never before. With panoramic cameras attached to cars, backpacks, bicycles, and even snowmobiles, Google’s Street View and its historic functionality let us see what was on the ground across multiple points in space and time. Tapping into this technology, we pinpointed drug-affected areas in US cities that have experienced an improvement in crime and used Street View to show the corresponding improvement in appearance of these locations. While recovery from drug addiction is possible for the individual, so too is it for cities and neighborhoods.

To learn more about how these areas have improved, please refer to the links in the sources below the following graphic.

Hover over the panoramic images below to reveal how the following urban areas have changed over time.


Chicago, IL

  1. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/chicago-homicides-down-dr_n_4531328.html
  3. http://www.npr.org/2013/12/31/258413771/despite-the-headlines-chicagos-crime-rate-fell-in-2013
  4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20140701/us–chicago-violence-statistics/?utm_hp_ref=travel&ir=travel
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/chicago-violence-federal-help_n_5596883.html

Google Maps: 597 E 38th St Chicago, IL 60653 (2007 – 2011)

Camden, NJ

  1. https://news.vice.com/article/a-heroin-epidemic-is-plaguing-new-jersey
  2. http://holmdel-hazlet.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/heroin-cash-and-16-arrests-following-drug-sweeps

Google Maps: 815 N 6th St Camden, NJ 08102 (2009 – 2012)

Bronx, NY (Mott Haven)

  1. http://untappedcities.com/2014/03/17/5-urban-planning-projects-that-will-change-the-bronx
  2. http://nymag.com/nymetro/realestate/columns/realestate/11871/
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/realestate/potential-awaits-its-moment-living-in-mott-haven-the-bronx.html
  4. http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120410/south-bronx/new-upscale-bars-eateries-make-their-way-port-morris
  5. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/realestate/potential-awaits-its-moment-living-in-mott-haven-the-bronx.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Google Maps: 738 E 138th St, Bronx, NY 10454 (2009 – 2012)

Baltimore, MD

  1. http://www.businessinsider.com/baltimore-has-decided-some-neighborhoods-just-arent-worth-saving-2012-2?op=1
  2. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-07-08/news/bs-md-ci-baltimore-safety-perception-20140708_1_violent-crime-northeast-baltimore-belair-edison
  3. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/11/how_dangerous_is_baltimore.html
  4. http://data.baltimoresun.com/bing-maps/homicides/
  5. http://mayor.baltimorecity.gov/news/blog/2014-07-11-safer-baltimore

Google Maps: 217 N Belnord Ave Baltimore, MD 21224 (2007 – 2011)

New Orleans, LA

  1. http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/01/2013_new_orleans_murder_rate_d.html
  2. http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/neworleansnews/7981256-123/new-orleans-murders-lowest-in
  3. http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/home/8924653-172/murder-rate-still-sliding-in
  4. http://www.thefix.com/content/hurricane-katrina-heroin-addict90259?page=all

Google Maps: 3298 S Liberty St. New Orleans, LA 70115 (2007 – 2013)

Los Angeles, CA (Skid Row)

  1. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-homeless-possessions-seizure-storage-20140404-story.html
  2. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126527647
  3. http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/battling-the-skid-row-drug-hydra/article_bddd3514-123f-11e1-b42f-001cc4c03286.html
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2468014/Life-Skid-Row-Where-homeless-fight-demons-drug-addiction-alcoholism-downtown-Los-Angeles.html

Google Maps: 633 San Julian St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 (2009 – 2014)

Austin, TX

  1. http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2012-07-13/working-the-corner/
  2. http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2013-09-20/reclaiming-the-corner/
  3. http://www.dmimsu.com
  4. http://www.city-data.com/forum/austin/1062318-can-somebody-please-explain-east- side.html

Google Maps: 1204 Chicon St. Austin, TX 78702 (2011 – 2013)

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