One of the best things about living in a small town (and having a local newspaper) is the police reports section. Here are a few of my favorites from this week:
12:30am A caller, now in Chestnut Hill, was unable to reach a Hayden Rowe Street resident to remind him to take a pie out of the oven. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised the resident to remove dessert from the oven.
11:11am Officer Stephen Buckley removed a picnic table from the middle of the roadway of Winter Street.
2:21am An Ash Street caller reported hearing an animal in her attic making noise. Officers Linda Higgins and Jacob Campbell responded and determined it was a family of raccoons in the attic.
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Back in December (it seems so long ago now, doesn’t it?), the New York Times released a set of interactive online maps representing data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009. The corresponding article points out some interesting observations about the data, including trends in foreign-born populations, ethnic segregation, and education. But it’s well worth a few minutes to look through the interactive maps, to check on your hometown(s) or some of the major cities. I took a few screenshots while I was browsing and attached them below.
Here are New York and Chicago mapped for the distribution of racial and ethnic groups. In the cities, the divides between different neighborhoods seem surprisingly clear.
Here is a view of the West of those people with master’s degrees or higher. Besides the usual concentration around the cities, there are other less obvious concentrations, like this spot in Wyoming.
This view of Albuquerque illustrates the map for change in median home value since 2000. Blue are declines while gold are increases in home value, and different parts of the city have certainly seen different market climates in the past few years.
Here’s Chicago again, this time showing household income distribution. Again, the cities and urban areas tend to show sharp divides in different levels, and there is a distinct divide between the richer North side and the rest of the Chicago area.
[ Original NYT article ] “Immigrants Make Paths to Suburbia, Not Cities” – New York Times
[ Interactive Maps ] “Mapping America, Every Block” – New York Times