The World: Now and Then

The Amazing Stuff blog recently posted an interesting look at certain cities through the times with the blog post The World: Now and Then.  The mix of cities are certainly a touch random (including a really interesting look at the Upsala Glacier), but it’s still very compelling stuff indeed:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Dubai
  • Shanghai
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Upsala Glacier

So take a look and be amazed!

Is it cheaper to rent or buy?


Here is another interesting map of the United States, this one presented by Trulia real estate search.  This time the map indicates which major cities are cheaper to rent in and which major cities are cheaper to buy in.   Topping the list of cities that are cheaper to rent in should come as no surprise:  New York City is notoriously expensive to buy a home in.  On the other hand, major centers such as Phoenix and Miami are far better for buying a home (perhaps because housing prices fell so drastically in these cities?).    The numbers are bit more confusing than the colours and are the result of some complex calculation to determine what is cheaper.  But the main point is that the lower the number, the more it makes sense to buy within the city.

Are the Richest American Also the Best Educated?


There is a pretty common perception that the wealthiest Americans are also the ones with the highest level of education.  Yet, coming up with a way to measure this is obviously a bit difficult.  Recently, the U.S. Census’s American Community Survey was able to at least partially put this perception to the test.  The Survey was able to create a study that could be mapped on the county level and provide us some key information on high graduation rates, college graduation rates and median household incomes within these counties.

The colours on the map above are created by a combination of three shades.  These shades are described below:

Pink: Measurement of high school graduates.  The deeper the shade of pink, the higher the percentage of high school graduates.

Yellow: Measurement of college graduates.  The deeper the shade of yellow, the higher the percentage of college graduates.Blue: Measurement of the median household income.  The deeper the shade of blue, the higher the median household income.

When you combine these colours, you get a combined measurement of high school graduation rates, college graduation rates and median household income within a given county.  You may notice some counties are almost white in colour while others are almost black.  The white counties are ones that have a lo

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igh school graduation rates, a  low college graduation rates and a low median household incomes.  The black counties, on the flipside, have a high high school graduation rate, a high college graduation rate and a high median household income.

What is more interesting are the colours in between.  The blue-ish shades of green highlight a city with a high median household income yet a low college and high school graduation rate.  This would suggest a city that has a lot of highly educated transplants.

Anyways, take a good look at the map.  While it may not fully prove the title of this blog post, it is most certainly a very interesting stud

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“Where Beverly Hills meets Haiti”

I found a rather interesting and discouraging series of images courtesy of Google Earth on the Skyscraper City forum that show and depict a rather unexpected aerial view of the class separation in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The Morumbi neighbourhood, with it’s giant mansions, green yards and swimming pools literally sits next to the dense slums of Paraisopolis (meaning “Paradise Town”).  It is an amazing contrast in a country that currently has one of the largest class divides in the world.  Check out the Skyscraper City thread below:

“Where Beverly Hills meets Haiti”