Creek Speak: Google Mapping True Stories of Life Near an Environmental Disaster

A new tool for spreading oral histories of New Yorkers living near one of the country's most secretly polluted places.

If you like oral histories, neat new uses of geographic tools, and care at all about environmental justice, then you'll probably love this new Creek Speak: Voices from Newtown Creek project as much as I do. Created as a collaboration between the Newtown Creek Alliance and HabitatMap, Creek Speak is fascinating way to learn about the troubles plaguing the neighborhoods around one of the newest Superfund sites.

Creek Speak is an oral history project that uses online interactive maps to present the stories of people and places near Newtown Creek. To listen to peoples stories or read about some of the places they mention, simply click on a map marker. If you would prefer listen to the stories without clicking through the map, you can also access the audio stories here.\n

Update: I've embedded the map below. Thanks so much, Michael for sending along that code. If you can't get it to work, click here to start exploring.

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