Why we love it
The L.A. Clean Streets map does more than provide data about litter. It helps build healthy relationships between citizens and government in Los Angeles. It sparks honest conversations about which Los Angeles neighborhoods need the most help with litter cleanup, how to prioritize cleanup efforts near schools, where to find illegal dumping sites, and where to make more trash bins available.
Why it works
This map works visually because it borrows a set of colors very familiar to the topic and the audience—the same red, yellow, and green used in traffic signals. Then, just like in a navigation app, this map uses red to call attention to a problem. The visual patterns that emerge require human context, which the city provides by calculating and showing neighborhoods and schools that need the most help.
Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, in the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Native of Colombia; product of Los Angeles; student of the world. Advocate for social justice, travel, and the NYC Knicks!