Gaza in Miami?

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To data artist Chris Walker, the crisis in Israel and Gaza is all too “distant and abstract”. He thought that perhaps the tiny Gaza territory and its approximately 1.8 million residents would seem more real — in any number of ways — to Americans if this population were overlaid on U.S. cities.

For example — how much space would “Gaza” take up in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston or Miami?

For the latter, 1.8 million people would occupy from North Homestead to Pembroke Park, including the entirety of Kendall, Palmetto Bay, and Coral Gables.

The author’s and others’ personal politics aside, it is compelling to view the magnitude of such conflicts visually; to allow the realities to hit home.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.