Map: Detroit Public Schools Near Industrial Zones



This map accompanies the map on “air qualities around schools,” which was noted to have many issues. In this map it would make sense that you would want schools to have a certain buffer zone from industrial sites. This maps is potentially more methodologically sound than analyzing air qualities based on geography, but the problem is that there is no explanation of methods used.

  1. What is the measure of walkability? 0.5 or 1 mile?
  2. Are we sure some of these schools are even still open?
  3. What industries still exist and operate in the “industrial zones” or are they just dormant buildings?

What may be more interesting here is if it was possible to conduct health screenings at schools and determine if dormant or active industrial zones contribute to the poor health or students, which could also potentially be linked to in school performance.

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