Currently Working On
The Mapping Prejudice Project is working to identify and map racial restrictions buried in historic Minneapolis property deeds. We are making the first-ever comprehensive map of racial covenants for an American city. My responsibilities include interfacing with the Tesseract OCR engine, managing crowd-sourced data, data cleaning and analysis, web development, and spatial database construction.
I am also currently working as a GIS consultant for Prologue D.C.’s Mapping Segregation initiative. Similar to Mapping Prejudice, this project is also building a spatial database of racially restrictive housing covenants. My primary role is managing the spatial data, building mapping applications, and using raw census records to build a fine-grained spatial database of historic demographic patterns.
The Historyapolis Project seeks to illuminate the history of Minneapolis. Inspired by the idea that history is a powerful tool for community-building, our team is working to unearth stories that can explain how the city took shape. I worked as the project’s web developer and GIS specialist, and also contributed as a regular columnist.
Twin Cities Historic Aerials Project
From the 1940s through the 1980s, the state of Minnesota commissioned a series of black and white aerial photographs. The original images from this collection pertaining to the seven-county were subsequently digitized at the Borchert Map Library. I built this mapping application by georeferencing these historic photographs from the years 1956 and 1966 and combining them with contemporary satellite imagery.
Hennepin Avenue: Then and Now
In the early summer of 1970, an employee of Minneapolis city government did a photographic survey of Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin Avenue was one of the oldest commercial strips in Minneapolis, linking the Mississippi River to the southwestern chain of lakes. Through the Historyapolis project, I scanned these images and built a digital exhibit.
Pornography in Minneapolis
"The Battle of the Bookstores and Gay Sexual Liberation in Minneapolis," Middle West Review, (Fall 2016), 1-24.
Racial Covenants in Minneapolis
Open Cities | Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era, (2018)