Index of Maps

This series of maps speaks to population and housing trends in western Queens over the last two decades. The images of select datapoints are stark, even if expected.

When situated in the broader context of development, these maps tell a story of persisting inequality and capitalocentric political will which has left working-class communities, including public housing residents, left out and locked out. You can read more about this interpretation, and moreso, get a sense of the history of city-led development in the region via this Arc StoryMap, titled Understanding Change in Context.

What are you seeing? You can and should also use the table of contents below to examine the changes for yourself.


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Total Population: 2000 | 2017 | Side-by-side

Average Income: 2000 | 2017 | Side-by-side

RaceALL Side-by-side
– % Indigenous: 2000 | 2017
– % Black: 2000 | 2017
– % Asian: 2000 | 2017
– % White: 2000 | 2017

Formal Employment (over 16 yrs old)
ALL Side-by-side
– % Employed: 2000 | 2017
– % Unemployed: 2000 | 2017

Formal Educational Attainment (over 25 yrs old)
ALL Side-by-side
– 9th – 12th grade, no diploma: 2000 | 2017
– HS Graduate: 2000 | 2017
– BA Degree: 2000 | 2017
– Graduate Degree: 2000 | 2017

Total Housing Units: 2000 | 2017 | Side-by-side

TenureSide-by-side
– % Renter-Occupied Units: 2000 | 2017
– % Owner-Occupied Units: 2000 | 2017

Monthly RentALL Side-by-side
– Less than $500: 2000 | 2017
– Less than $1,000: 2000 | 2017
– More than $1,000: 2000 | 2017
– More than $1,500: 2000 | 2017

Home Value – ALL Side-by-side
– Less than $500,000: 2000 | 2017
– More than $500,000: 2000 | 2017
– More than $ 1 million: 2000 | 2017

Cost Burden ALL Side-by-side
( monthly housing costs more than 30% of income)-Renters: 2000 | 2017
Owners: 2000 | 2017

Building Size (number of units used as proxy)
– 2 units: 2000 | 2017
– 3-4 units: 2000 | 2017
– 5-9 units: 2000 | 2017

ALL Side-by-side
– 10 or more units: 2000 | 2017
– 10-19 units: 2000 | 2017 (N/A)
– 20 or more units: 2000 | 2017 (N/A)


These last two tables differ from the others. The data points in each set tell a collective narrative over time of change over time; not different points of change between 2000 and 2017.

Tenure of Tenants – ALL Side-by-side
– Moved in 2015 or later
– Moved in between 2010 and 2014
– Moved in between 2000 and 2009
– Moved in in 1990s
– Moved in in 1980s
– Moved in in 1970s

Year Building Constructed – ALL Side-by-side
– Built since 2010
– Built since 2000
– Built in 1990s
– Built in 1940s & 50s