Booth’s Poor Maps

Charles Booth appears to have been very driven in his lifetime. It must have required an insane amount of work to personally oversee the collection of data for every street in London in addition to being a highly successful business man and maintaining successful personal relationships. It seems like it would take much longer than it should have to achieve a complete mapping like Booth did. One of the more interesting things I found in these readings was that Booth was originally interested in beginning this process because he felt that the estimate of people living under the poverty line was too high and ended up proving that it was even higher. Also that as time passed his data showed that the poverty rate was actually higher than his first thought. Another thing I found interesting was looking at the maps themselves and it being so easy to see how divided the city really was.

-Katelin Montag

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