Author Archive | Bill Lindeke

Chart of the Day: Childhood Obesity over Time

Hm. So if you have kids, odds are they’ll be doing more walking today than on most days. The only problem is that they’ll also be eating more partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and corn syrup than on most days. Here’s a horrible chart from the CDC: [The figure above shows the prevalence of obesity among children […]

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Chart of the Day: Homeownership over Time

Here are two charts from a recent article in The Atlantic about changing rates of homeownership across different age cohorts and time periods: [US homeownership rate.] Of course, the tone of the Atlantic’s piece is that homeownership is automatically a good thing, suggesting that “the economy has a Gen-X problem” because they’re not buying homes. While […]

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Halloween is the Sidewalk Holiday

[This post first appeared on my blog, TCSidewalks.] Every holiday has its geography. Thanksgiving and Christmas are domestic. People hole up in houses, locked in living rooms, huddle with fires and TVs and set themselves against the long winter dark. Summer holidays, like Memorial and Labor days, are outside under skies and in yards or […]

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Chart of the Day: Gas Prices Over Time

Here’s two charts of gas prices over time, one showing nominal dollars and one showing real dollars (adjusted for inflation.)   (The second chart is from that Millennial report I mentioned last week.) Everyone’s talking about how gas prices are low, but everything’s relative. (Also, because the the oil market is closely linked with the dollar, the […]

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Chart of the Day: Growth in Post-College Residency

Yesterday, I found an interesting article in the New York Times about which cities are rapidly growing their young 20-something (post-college) populations.     This is growth rates, not overall numbers, so the results may be a bit misleading. For example, Boston has huge numbers of post-college grads because of the massive amount of colleges in […]

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Map Monday: Places and Non-Places in Phoenix

This is from a recent post on the Strong Towns blog, a kind of figure-ground map of “places” and “non-places” in downtown Pheonix. Not only does this map remind me of the famous Nolli map of Rome, it seems to rhyme with Nate Hood’s map of parking in downtown Saint Paul. To me the concept of “place” […]

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