Archive for the ‘Cities’ Category


Simply the Best, Statistically Speaking

April 12, 2010

Nate Silver, political analyst and emergent numbers nerd from the 2008 election, puts his fancy math skills to work ranking and sorting 50 neighborhoods in the five boroughs. Check out this phenomenal and comprehensive explanation of the bests and worsts of each neighborhood.

As he notes, the best part isn’t the article, but the killer applet that they’ve designed that allows a reader to personalize the rankings according to areas of interest. As it happens, I plugged in my faves and, presto!, my old neighborhood (the East Village) popped up as the best place for me to live. Hard to say, of course, what the direction of causality is here, as I effectively just lucked into my apartment. Some of my tastes were certainly shaped by my environment. Even still, I’d like to think that the place I lived was really the best for me. Ah, New York, much as I love me my new digs in Colorado, I do miss thee.


Urban Environmentalism

November 9, 2009

I was just turned on to The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs. As a transplanted New Yorker, I have particular affections for the urban solution to our environmental problem.

Pretty interesting stuff.