Berliner Morgenpost’s interactive bus ride through Berlin

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Last week, the German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost published an interactive following one bus route that winds its way “through the social universe” of Berlin. The newspaper visualizes statistics from each neighborhood visited by the M29 bus, including migrant makeup, rent increase, income and burglaries, among other data.


Bismarckplatz, near Berlin’s Grunewald forest, has some of the highest net income levels per household.




Rent increase

Sonnenallee has seen some of the highest increases in rent in the city. Must be the Döner kebabs.



Data ethics

We asked one of the visualization’s designers, Julius Tröger, about the choice not to superimpose the charts.


What were the charts built with?

The charts were built with C3.js, a D3 Javascript-based reusable chart library. Tröger designed the feature along with Theresa Rentsch, Moritz Klack, Max Boenke, David Wendler and André Pätzold.

One nice touch: they admitted in the visualization’s credits to being inspired by The New Yorker‘s Inequality and New York Subway Map.

Immigrant makeup




Storybench’s editor is Aleszu Bajak, a science journalist and former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He is an alum of Science Friday, the founder of, and is passionate about breaking down the divide between journalists, developers and designers.

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