Map 141 shows the median one-bedroom rent price in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’ve covered rent prices in this Fun with Maps series before but this is the first time I’ve covered my home market. The map is from Zumper as was Map 20 back in the day. I found both on Facebook because I spend a fair amount of my free time on it, especially lately while feeding/burping my son.
For those unfamiliar with Minneapolis, the areas with higher rental prices, the darker areas, are more desirable. Rent prices usually follow desirability because owners know they can charge more for their apartments, condos, and homes. The most Beth and I ever paid in the suburbs was $1000 per month and that included a pet fee for Maeby, our Shetland Sheepdog. That apartment complex was really nice and we had a fantastic wetland view on the top floor. I imagine the worst apartments in Downtown Minneapolis cannot measure up, and yet, renters there may be paying far more for the location. There’s a reason that is an important saying in real estate. What this map hints at but does not show, are all the things that make an area desirable. I wouldn’t want to live in any area with high crime rates, poor schools, or a lack of jobs (that’s why I live and work in the damn suburbs). This map can help you guess which areas have those negative factors in abundance. The sharp contrast between the Warehouse District and Near North exists for a reason.
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A live map resource recently came across my Facebook feed. “The Digital Attack Map is a live data visualization of DDoS attacks around the globe, built through a collaboration between Google Ideas and Arbor Networks. The tool surfaces anonymous attack traffic data to let users explore historic trends and find reports of outages happening on a given day.” Map 142 is a digital attack representation from a particularly heavy day of cyber attacks – September 14th, 2014.
This picture, straight from their “About” page, tells you why this website is important (much better than I can).
This website shows historical as well as real-time data. It is incredibly interesting and I recommend you check it out for yourself. Maybe there was a massive cyber attack on your birthday or something. Go take a look. I’ll see you next time on Fun with Maps.