Week 2: Website Asssignment – Andrew

5 new Metro Rail locations — beginning from Wilshire/Highland and running along Wilshire until Wilshire/Lincoln — creating a train that can take a passenger from Hollywood to Santa Monica. Fixed the styling of text within the pop-up windows, and played a little with adding text in the side panel. Would like to have figured out how to give each business a distinct graphic node, or at least how to size the different nodes so that the Metro Rail location nodes (red) don’t completely overshadow the business nodes (blue); looking forward to playing with Google Earth some more, as the “Tour” function seems especially promising for creating narrative…


JAMS WalkPools: Take 2

As part of its Sustainable Cities Plan, Santa Monica committed to reducing vehicle use in the City. Part of the Plan includes a promise to the community to come up with ways to reduce congestion and dangerous pedestrian conditions around the City’s well-attended middle and high schools. The first school to receive “WalkPool Planning” from the City is John Adams Middle School, which is located in the Sunset Park neighborhood. The school serves over 1000 students between 6th and 9th grades, 46% of them from families whose children qualify for the free-and-reduced lunch program sponsored by the Department of Education. The school is roughly 50% Latino-Americans, 33% White-Americans, 10% Black-Americans and 2% Asian-Americans. JAMS earned a 7 out of 10 score on the Great Schools ranking website. The school earned an 814 in 2010 API.

Morning congestion at the school poses serious health and safety risks for the students, the majority of whom are driven to school. Parents are loathe to let their children walk alone, and often are dropping on their way to work. Because they are usually rushing, these parents also drive dangerously. The City has decided to take action after several students were hit by cars along Ocean Park Blvd.

For the second pass at drafting WalkPool routes for John Adams Middle School Students, I developed “WalkPool Routes” along the main streets surrounding the school. If time permits, I will also add the crossing guard locations to show that each route crosses major traffic streets with a crossing guard.

Week 2 web development assignment

This map illustrates shops, restaurants, cafes and banks within a quarter mile of five proposed Metro Purple Line stops west of the line’s current terminus at Wilshire and Western. From the fast food outlets at La Brea to the designer boutiques near Beverly Drive in downtown Beverly Hills, there’s something for everyone!

This assignment went fairly smoothly. I struggled a bit with aligning the elements of the page using CSS, and couldn’t figure out how to get the map to fill up the space excluding the top bar and side bar. When I had it scaled to 100%, it would take up an area the size of the browser window, but because the top left corner of the map started 250px to the right and nearly as many pixels down, the map extended off to the right and the bottom of the page. I found a workaround solution, but it’s imperfect. It would be great to figure out how to align things properly, so that they work in any sized window (like when scaled down to 640×480 above!).

Week 2: Website Assignment

Above is a further detailed map of my 5 proposed metro stop. In this post, clicking and zooming in on each metro stop highlight such amenities as grocery stores, restaurants, goods & services and bus stops. Clicking on the various colored amenities or the bus stop tacks will bring up a pop up window further describing the point of interest. The red line connecting the 5 metro stops indicates the proposed route. In this post, the map is not centered. If you click on the fullscreen version below, the map should be properly centered.

fullscreen version: http://www.yohman.com/students/2012/uyen/week2/namespace.html

New coding formats the interactive metro stop with a new header and brief summary and legend at the bottom of the map.

Week 3

To view the full site, please click here.

The above map shows prospective bus stops in order to connect Southern California’s busiest airports. As the region expands, business travelers and tourists must have the flexibility to fly to and out of any terminal. The map now includes various hotels, restaurants and shops within walking distance from each stop! This will also allow developers and airports to increase the economic development around their airports, as there would not be as much of a necessity to rent a car if travelers can take transit to the airport as well as find desirable destinations to eat, drink and sleep.