Theses Master's

Picturing Poverty: Developing Best Practices in Poverty Research and Map Making

López Zamora, Ángel Felix

This study investigates the dynamics of poverty by examining the historical construction of poverty definitions and measures in the United States. In addition, the paper explores how the definitions work to influence the measurements through an analysis of past and contemporary research on poverty and impoverished groups. The study also investigates how the definitions and measurements affect decision making through maps as communication tools by considering the recent Los Angeles General Plan Elements. Subsequently, the research breaks down the design of maps to quantify the gaps in information by using both Monmonier’s and Tufte’s guidelines in graphic design and map making best practice. The paper further examines the toolkits that are available to planners to improve definitions, measurements, and maps of poverty. The study concludes by offering planning recommendations to advance best practices for studying and displaying information about poverty.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Meisterlin, Leah M.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 29, 2018