Journey-to-Work in the Bay Area, 1958
About the Visualization
A persistent environmental critique of the Bay Area was the region's growing traffic problems, which not only caused heavy congestion but promoted smog that obscured the Valley's prized views. In 1958, the Santa Clara County Planning Commission reported on journey-to-work problems on the San Francisco Peninsula.
The visualization begins to confirm the argument—mine and others—that there existed an imbalance between the places people lived and the places people worked. These places were defined by city policies. Specifically, the visualization reflects a heavy concentration of commuters leaving San Jose for other parts of the Bay Area for their jobs.
Jason A. Heppler, "Journey-to-Work in the Bay Area, 1958," interactive map, https://machinesinthevalley.org/visualizations/traffic/, 2014.