DETROITography began as a personal effort to better understand the City of Detroit and teach myself Geographic Information Systems (GIS). By 2013, I realized that I had been making a lot of maps of Detroit and had been talking with a lot of Detroit geographers and cartographers. I wanted a place to share my maps, the maps of other great cartographers, as well as historical maps. I also saw a void not being filled in connecting maps and data to the stories and situations of people.


2013 – Present


Self-initiated / DETROITography


2015 Knight Cities Finalist


2014 Awesome Foundation


2022 Fisher Building, Detroit in 5 Maps

2022 UM Clark Library, Map ≠ Territory: Distortion and Power in Cartography

2019 College for Creative Studies, Faculty Now!

2018 Detroit Center for Design and Technology, Intersections: The City Through Cartography

2016 University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery, Mapping Detroit and Public Policy

2016 Queens Museum, Map Mosaic: A Focus on Detroit

2015 INTERMINUS Gallery, Ecologies of Detroit

2015 Chicago Design Museum, The State of Detroit

2015 Praxis Center, Social Justice Mapping in Detroit

2014 Trumbullplex, Alley Culture

2014 FOSS4G, Map Gallery


Article Axios Detroit, October 2022

Article New York Times, ‘You Are Here’: Mapping Climate Change, Make Believe, and Murder, December 2021

Article Wayne State Magazine pp. 36-43, Spring/Summer 2021

Article Curbed Detroit, February 2018

Article Eater Detroit, April 2017

Article Michigan Daily, November 2016

Article CultureSource, November 2016

Audio Michigan Radio, October 2015

Article Windsor Star, October 2015

Article Shareable, September 2015

Article Deadline Detroit, June 2015

Article Model D Media, March 2015

Article Gawker, February 2015

Article Daily Detroit, October 2014

Article Metro Times, October 2014

Article WDET, September 2014

Article Model D Media, September 2014

Article Al Jazeera America, 2013



2022 Detroit Research Journal v3, Critical Bunge: Reviewing History of a Radical Geographer’s Legacy in Detroit

2022 Detroit Research Journal v3, Drawing Detroit

2017 Antipode Online, “Nothing Changes”: Community Mapping Practice in Detroit

2016 Detroit Research Journal v2

2015 Detroit Digital Justice Coalition: Opening Data Zine, Finding Land for the Community

2015 Progressive Planner, Urban Agriculture in Detroit: It’s not a ‘Food Desert,’ it’s about Food Sovereignty


2021 Detroit in 50 Maps

2018 The People’s Atlas of Detroit

2018 The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities

2017 4D Hyperlocal: A Cultural Toolkit for the Open-Source City

2016 Making Maps, Third Edition: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS