[GV] Mona Chalabi’s “Space in America”

By Peter Fortunato, Editor

How do we value space in the United States? Apparently we would rather afford automobiles more room than inmates who must suffer the punishment of solitary confinement.

On April 23, 2016, Mona Chalabi, Data Editor of the Guardian US, published this visualization on her personal Instagram account (which can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEi-v3tKvBZ/).

She concisely compares the average size of a parking space to that of the average size of a jail cell used for solitary confinement. The reason this visualization is good is because the simplicity of the comparison is so striking. The scale she uses is straightforward and easy to read.

If you’d like to see more of Mona Chalabi’s fabulous work, check out her Instagram @monachalabi.

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