Do-it-yourself city mapping
Architects and urban planners, lo and behold! Berkley PhD candidate for urban planning Geoff Boeing came up with a do-it-yourself open source city mapping tool that improves mapping visualization. As explained in his dissertation, he observed the limitations to the current urban planning street / network analysis literature, and came up with OSMnx, a new tool that makes the collection of data and street networks analysis simple, consistent and automatable. To simplify, the procedure consists in downloading the street networks from OpenStreetMap and then apply a specific algorithmic correction that allows to save street networks as shapefiles, GraphML or SVG files. It all comes after Allan Jacobs’ classic book Great Streets, in a virtual dimension.