“On almost any map that plots some form of wealth,” writes the Kinder Institute’s Leah Binkovitz, “a familiar arrow takes shape over the Energy Corridor, Memorial and River Oaks, pointing east toward downtown.” Nowhere is that arrow clearer than on this map from fitness brand Strava, which visualizes running and biking activity in Houston from 2009 through last October. Strava updated its map — which includes 200,000 years worth of global exercise time — in November (although it’s been in the news more recently than that). Beginning just east of Hwy. 6, the arm of the indicator travels straight into Downtown, forming a point right around the Elysian St. bridge across Buffalo Bayou.
A little more zoom shows where the arrow’s edges run to the northwest and southwest of the city center:
That’s W. Tidewell Rd. at the top of the image — just north of where the figure’s upper wing begins in Oak Forest. Bounded diagonally by White Oak Bayou to the west, the wing drops down southeast through Shady Acres and the Heights before entering Downtown. On the south side of things, the arrow starts out in Meyerland and roughly parallels Brays Bayou on its way northeast through Braeswood Place, Rice’s campus, the Medical Center, the Museum District, Midtown, and part of Montrose.
- Global Heatmap [Strava Labs via Christopher Andrews]
- Houston in 2016, As Told Through 5 Maps [The Urban Edge]
- The Global Heatmap, Now 6x Hotter [Strava]
- US military reviewing security practices after fitness app reveals sensitive info [CNN]
- Previously on Swamplot: How Houstonians Can Get in Shape in the Shape of Texas; A Purple Map of Race and Public Housing Projects in Houston
Images: Strava Labs