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Chicago Million Dollar Blocks

This repo contains code for the Chicago Million Dollar Blocks website. This project relies on analysis of incarceration spending in Chicago, which you can find in the million-dollar-blocks-analysis repo.


Fork the repository, and then clone it to your local machine.

git clone
cd million-dollar-blocks

We built this site with Jekyll. Install it:

gem install jekyll bundler

Then, navigate to http://localhost:5000/.


We used the following open source tools:


  • Forest Gregg, DataMade - developer, data cruncher
  • Cathy Deng, DataMade - designer, developer
  • Eric van Zanten, DataMade - developer, GIS data
  • Derek Eder, DataMade - developer, content
  • Dr. Dan Cooper, Adler University - writer and strategist
  • Dr. Ryan Lugalia-Hollon - writer and strategist

Thanks to the folks who helped review this, including: the INN Nerds, Hannah Chung, Pat Sier, Christopher Kelly, Yuanqi Wang, Brian Goggin, Sarah Bump, Joel Inwood


The original idea and concept for Million Dollar Blocks came from Laura Kurgan at the Spatial Information Design Lab in collaboration with the Justice Mapping Center in 2006. This project builds on top of their visionary work.

Patches and Pull Requests

We welcome your ideas! You can make suggestions in the form of github issues (bug reports, feature requests, general questions), or you can submit a code contribution via a pull request.

How to contribute code:

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Send us a pull request with a description of your work! Don't worry if it isn't perfect - think of a PR as a start of a conversation, rather than a finished product.


Copyright (c) 2016 DataMade. Released under the MIT License.