Coke Country represent.
Sweet! Also I’m so excited to go!(!!!)
This is what our state lines might look like if we drew them based on who actually talks with each other, at least according to cell phone data gathered by MIT. These are the geographic clusters of who texts with whom within an area, from the MIT Senseable City Lab’s Connected States of America mapping project.
Do you live in a food desert?
The USDA has released a map of what they deem to be food deserts, which are
“places where there is ‘low income’ and ‘low access’—or places where at least a fifth of the population lives at or below the poverty line and where there isn’t a supermarket within a one-mile radius (or within a 10-mile radius in rural areas). All things told, about 13.5 million people nationwide have little or no access to stores selling healthful food.”
My favorite toy of the day the USDA’s interactive Food Environment Atlas which maps such things as ethnic and socio-economic demographics, access to food, health, and food assistance programs. It’s pretty depressing, but really interesting to play around with the patterns (i.e. the Gulf/Atlantic coast area being top in almost every negative statistic).
#1 - New York
Made by Lieutenant Ratzer, the “DaVinci of New York cartography”, there were only supposedly only 3 other copies of this map in existence, until it randomly came out of Brooklyn Historical Society’s warehouse last year - there was no catalogue of the map on their records showing its existence or where it came from.
*I’ve fixed the link, sorry! It now leads to a NYT article, not…. poop.