In a project born out of “boredom” and an experience with a landlord that was facing foreclosure due to gambling on an ARM, grad student Ethan Garner created CraigStatsSF, a site that visualizes craiglist San Francisco rental listings. He writes:
As I started looking for places, I noticed everything that used to be for rent was now for sale due to the same foreclosure effect that happened to my landlord.
It also appeared that the rents were going up….. but… were the really? or am I just paranoid and bitter?
Since I was waiting to get my research published, I figured I could waste ample amounts of time coding perl scripts and learning google maps.
This project was born out of boredom.
This is cool, Ethan! Do more cities!