Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Using Google Maps to Illustrate Foreclosures

In some blocks in the Green Valley Ranch neighbourhood in Denver one-third of the residents have lost their homes. USAToday has used the illustrative power of Google Maps and the public records of the foreclosures to highlight the impact the foreclosures are having on this neighbourhood.

Each of the houses that have been foreclosed is shaded red on the USAToday produced map. This visual representation of the neighbourhood really helps to illustrate the effect of the economic downturn on this one small area. Clicking on the red shaded houses on the map opens a window with further details of the house address, the foreclosure date and the loan amount.
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