Locals and Tourists #37 (GTWA #76): San Diego

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Blue pictures are by locals. Red pictures are by tourists. Yellow pictures might be by either.

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Chris Radcliff, kirinqueen, and 38 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Chris Radcliff 47 months ago | reply

    Well done. This definitely corresponds to my knowledge of the area. A place like Ocean Beach attracts locals, Old Town attracts tourists, and Balboa Park attracts both.

    Most telling are the blue clusters around major streets uptown; it's a lively scene, but I'm not surprised that tourists don't go there as much.

    One question: what do the lines mean? Some of them look like sight lines, but other looks like paths.

  2. Eric Fischer 47 months ago | reply

    The lines connect where the same person took two pictures within 10 minutes of each other. The ones that look like sight lines might be cases where they tagged what they were taking a picture of instead of where they were taking the picture from.

  3. LoganCJohnson 47 months ago | reply

    This is awesome, I too live in San Diego and this makes total sense.

  4. mevns 47 months ago | reply

    Interesting, I am surprised that tourists miss some of the best places in town. For example, 30th street or some of the interesting coffee shops and restaurants around Park and Adams avenue.

    Nice work!
    What a great way to find photographic opportunities off the beaten path.

  5. DodgeMedlin 47 months ago | reply

    This is fantastic, Eric. And nice job with all the notes, folks!

  6. shimonkey 27 months ago | reply

    Amazing - I think, unless the source data has been filtered out to include only particular types of photos, the local-dense lines seem to also define areas with busy nightlife. While many people do not take a camera out for a walk in their own town, they do when they go out at night to hang out with friends... this would certainly explain the strength of the locals data around 30th and University.

    In fact, in my own neighborhood, South Park, I see only one dense blue dot (it's not a touristy neighborhood). If I'm not, mistaken, that's the block that has the Whistlestop Bar, Station Bar and Grill and Rose's Wine Bar.

    Perhaps following the blue dots would be one way to find local nightlife in a new city?

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