The Chaos of Boston Move-In 2015, in One Heat Map
J Thoendell stashed this in Maps
Soon, Boston will once again be repopulated with wide-eyed youths wearing their dorm room keys on lanyards as they dart aimlessly in and out of traffic carrying Brita filters and desk lamps they’ll never use. Yes, late August and early September is a magical time for Boston, as the streets of Allston and Mission Hill overfloweth with couches and yellowed box springs, while countless moving trucks tempt fate on Storrow Drive as we intrepid content curators await the inevitable jack-knife.
Speaking of moving trucks, City Hall’s data on moving truck permits issued for August 28-September 3 is available to the public. Anyone occupying a public way in Boston must file for astreet occupancy permit, allowing for the restriction of that area for a specified period of time. When the addresses on these permits are visualized on a heat map (with help from city’s principal data scientist, Curt Savoie), it immediately becomes clear which areas in Boston to avoid at all costs this weekend—or, if you’re among the glass half-full crowd, which areas to conduct your most spirited garbage-picking.