Human Wasteland

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(Human) Wasteland is a map based visualization project created by software engineer Jennifer Wong. The map visualizes reports of human waste reported to the 311 complaint system in San Francisco, California.

Background[edit]

Locations were mapped out from 311 reports that covered a seven-year period from 2008 to 2015.[1][2] The map features a brown-colored "poop" emoji used to identify locations of human waste reports throughout the city.[3] The project reveals concentrated areas within neighborhoods and brings about an awareness of homelessness in the city of San Francisco.[4]

There are thousands of homeless people in San Francisco with limited access to public bathrooms.[5] On the website, Wong urges people to educate themselves about the issue of homelessness and suggests donating to LavaMae, a homeless outreach organization.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Metcalfe | Citylab, So You've Decided to Map Sidewalk Poop in San Francisco... https://www.citylab.com/design/2014/11/so-youve-decided-to-map-sidewalk-poop-in-san-franciscso/382975/ , November 20, 2014
  2. ^ Sam Blum, Human Wasteland Map Plots All of San Francisco's Poop - Thrillist, https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/human-wasteland-map-plots-all-of-san-franciscos-poop, January 11, 2018
  3. ^ Andy Cush, The Streets of San Francisco Are Covered in Human Shit, http://justice.gawker.com/the-streets-of-san-francisco-are-covered-in-human-shit-1679930931 , January 16, 2015
  4. ^ Papenfuss, Mary (December 31, 2014). "Human feces map finds San Francisco's homeless". Reuters.com. Reuters. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ Allison Arieff | New York Times, Showers on Wheels, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/17/opinion/showers-on-wheels.html , January 15, 2015
  6. ^ BAY AREA NEWS GROUP | The Mercury News, San Francisco poop map: real thing or a rumor? https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/28/san-francisco-poop-map-real-thing-or-a-rumor , February 28, 2018

External links[edit]

  1. (Human) Wasteland
  2. The 'San Francisco excrement map' and image 'Gallery: San Francisco excrement map'