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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math 214

Posted by Soulskill
from the sanity-check-when-the-math-suggests-detroit dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Dave Munson was thinking about moving, and had a couple broad requirements for a new home: it must be affordable, and its neighborhood must be walkable. Price is easy to chart, but how do you compare the walkability of hundreds of cities? Simple: use math. A website called Walk Score provides rough walkability ratings, but doesn't tell you much about affordability. Munson downloaded the data that went into a city's Walk Score, weighted the relevant variables, and mapped the top results. Then he looked for overlap with the map of areas in his price range. He says, "Capitol Hill, Seattle led the pack. To be honest, I was expecting something a smaller, affordable Midwest town or something, but it the highest scoring areas were usually just outside of major downtowns. Other top areas included Cambridge and Somerville outside of Boston, and the South End in Boston; Columbia Heights, Washington, DC; The Mission District, Lower Haight, and Russian Hill, San Francisco; Midtown, Atlanta; Greenwood, Dyker Heights, Kensington, and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, where we used to live; Lake View, Chicago; and Five Points, Denver."
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

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  • by boligmic (188232) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @06:48PM (#47686411)

    should be a sign to avoid the place at all costs - cities BLOW. The correct place is to live far out in the burbs or way out in the country. Why would you live in a place that has high taxes on those who work, like a wage tax, and and then have to deal with strong unions (aka people who don't actually work but feel they are owed something).

    How about looking for good non-union schools in a school district that has a good football program, and non existent music and art programs because that stuff is for sissies. It should also be a very strong conservative area which should survive any influx of moronic democrats.

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