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October 24, 2013

America's Mood Map

America's Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude

from the site:

A multinational team of researchers led by psychologist and American expat Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge in the U.K. has sought to draw the regional lines more clearly, literally mapping the American mood, with state-by-state ratings of personality and temperament.

October 18, 2013

Foods Of The States

The Great American Menu: Foods Of The States, Ranked And Mapped

from the site:

What are the United States' best regional foodstuffs? Its worst? These are the questions that bedevil the mind of man--but no longer! For here, we have ranked them. Rigorously scientific (not), ardently researched (nope), and scrupulously fair (not even a little bit): this is the Great American Menu!

Each state (plus the District of Columbia) gets one, and only one, signature foodstuff. And we selected actual food preparations; no state gets credit merely for being the geographic location where a certain edible flora or fauna happens to grow or swim or graze.

October 8, 2013

Defining 'Downtown'

The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

From the article:

Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report on population trends in American downtowns, a helpful step toward quantifying the claims made by many cities that residents (and jobs) are moving there in droves (you can view the original report here... whenever the federal government reopens and the Census Bureau's shuttered website comes back online). The Census' blunt definition of "downtown," though, inevitably produced some grousing about over-and under-counts of local populations. It measured "downtown," for lack of a better universal definition, as everything within a 2-mile radius of the local city hall.