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San Francisco Crime, Mapped in 3-D

A stunning set of maps from Doug McCunerenders San Francisco crime as elevation. Land peaks and crests,according to the SFPD’s 2009 incident data.

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A stunning set of maps from Doug McCunerenders San Francisco crime as elevation. Land peaks and crests,according to the SFPD’s 2009 incident data.

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The stories told here aren’t especially surprising. Certain crimes, like car theft and assault, are more or less evenly distributed across the city (yes, even in Pac Heights), whereas others, like drugs (see below), are confined to specific areas–making for a sort of mini mountain range in the poorer parts of town.

But as a concise guide to San Francisco, these maps beat anything Rand McNally prints. They ought to pass them out at the tourism bureau, so clueless out-of-towners know precisely which neighborhoods to avoid. Or, depending on their tastes, which to frequent.

That’s the prostitution map. The smaller of the two peaks is part ofthe Tenderloin district–hence forth known as Mount Loin–and thelarger peak is Shotwell Street, both of whose names suggest thathookers and whimsical happenstance walk the streets of San Franciscoside by side.

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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