Every pool in Los Angeles


Gizmodo reports on a project from tow MIT researchers called The Big Atlas of LA Pools. It is exactly what it sounds like, a catalog of every single pool, in the Los Angeles basin. It took 74 books and about 6000 pages to show all 43,123 pools with related data, like area, dimensions, water evaporation, lot price, and crime rates of the neighborhoods. No word on on whether those crime rates include trespassing in said pools. These volumes don’t appear to be for sale though, Gizmodo reports the volumes have only been printed once, allegedly at a cost of $3,700. The Big Atlas of LA Pools was not started to incur the wrath or aid a generation of upcoming young Salbas, it was started out of curiosity, after repeatedly noticing pools on approach to LAX. After watching the these videos, check out this 2008 Google Maps screen grab of an airplane flying over a pool on approach to O’hare airport in Chicago.

[Via Jim Goodrich on Facebook]


  1. What drought?

  2. Seems like this information is pretty useless unless you work in the pool industry for marketing purposes. What I’d like to know is how many of these pools are empty…

  3. Stealing that book would make a great skateboard caper movie.

  4. The third video of all the pools and addresses seems very useful!

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