We often find ourselves trying to describe how the East Bay grew over time in order to provide buyers a better idea of where homes of different vintages are most likely to be located on this side of the bay. In order to facilitate such conversations we have decided to try our hand at a bit of data visualization in the form of an interactive map showing the growth of our local built environ over time. Please feel free to try it out and let us know what you think. We will try to add more neighborhoods and more features as time permits.
Particularly interesting is the stark relief with which the map shows major events like the Oakland Hills fire of 1991 or the mid-century bay fill operations around Alameda. Even the outline of the Berkeley fire of 1923 is visible above the UC campus.