Writing Archive

Where is the Jobs Forecast the Sunniest?

You’ve probably seen a lot of numbers and maps today with the jobs report.  But here’s a different way to look at it.  This map doesn’t show raw unemployment percentage, but median length of unemployment.  In other words, it measures how long people have gone without a job.
Why is this important?  The longer people are [...]

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Map of the Day: Mitt Romney (R-Detroit)

The Wall Street Journal’s most p0pular story today was about how Mitt Romney’s childhood home at 1860 Balmoral Dr., Detroit, Michigan is one of 10,000 houses that Mayor Dave Bing has pledged to knock down. Romney called it “sad” and blamed it on “liberal social policies” that have forced jobs out of the Motor [...]

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Map of the Day: Houston Oilers

“Houston, right on the edge of the pines, and only inches above sea level, is a swamp of heat and humidity only an air-conditioner repairman or an oil engineer could love,” wrote Joel Garreau in his 1981 landmark book The Nine Nations of North America.
In other words, Houston wouldn’t be what it is without the [...]

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Map of the Day: The Cradle of Democracy, the Mother of Debt

Yikes.  Thanks for the wild ride, Greece.
It’s amazing that a Mediterranean nation with a GDP smaller than that of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex can cause Wall Street to collectively panic and give everyone flashbacks of September, 2008.
Of course, Greece’s financial situation is real, and is really, really bad.  The NYT maps below show that the [...]

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Map of the Day: What Would Willie Talos Do?

The seed money for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company came from $25,000 in profits from ping-pong paddle sales.  But many other small business that rely on the Gulf’s  natural resources don’t have this kind cash flow and are going to take a huge hit from the BP oil spill.
In a gloomy report called “Oil Slickonomics,” David [...]

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Map of the Day: Which States Use the Most Gas?

Oil prices are sure to rise throughout the summer as Gulf drilling plans are shelved and the market responds.  Which states will that hurt the most?
According to this great map from the Infrastructurist, states in the Southeast and Great Plains are most reliant on driving.  Some of these are due to open spaces (North Dakota, [...]

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Map of the Day: Too Small to Fail

As Goldman gets grilled on the Hill today for “shitty deals,” it’s important to note which part of the country (and therefore which senators) felt the most heat from the banking collapse.
On this map, red represents markets that are served mostly by big banks, and green represent areas served mostly by small banks.   As you [...]

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Map of the Day: The Thin Network of Tea Partiers

Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith have a great article today with the traffic-generating headline, “The tea party’s exaggerated importance.”   Coincidentally, Dante Chinni at Patchwork Nation has a great map illustrating their claim that tea party numbers are overblown.
Last week I offered a Map of the Day that showed they are geographically balanced.  This may be [...]

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Maps of the Day: European Airports Shut Down

What do these maps have to do with U.S. politics?
Besides the obvious — cancellations of President Obama’s trip to Poland and  Secretary of State Clinton’s trip to Helsinki — the ashy European airspace is also going to cause a huge economic hit.
Grounded European and transatlantic flights are costing the airlines over $200 million per day [...]

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The Week in Political Geography: Flanel Shirt Country

My fellow political cartographers – Sorry for the sparse posting recently.  It’s been busy at New Media Strategies with an end of the year push, and most of my political geography time and resources have been devoted to @The_Almanac and major National Journal story I’m writing with Cook Report’s Dave Wasserman about southwest Virginia.
I promise [...]

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