I’ve been putting off doing any serious writing for a few days now, but the upside to my lethargy is that everyone gets treated to llamas and silly colorful maps. Here’s the latest:
Yep, this is a map of average street addresses. It could be handy if you’re a postal worker trying to do your route quickly(and probabilistically) by dropping packages from space. “800 Main Street? Aim for the middle!”
It’s interesting that there are such strong spatial patterns to things like this. The first settlers surely weren’t about to set up shop on the 10,000 block of Vine Street. Rather, they started in the hundreds and worked their way out. But the pattern doesn’t just radiate out from Downtown; there are other clusters of low addresses, so there’s definitely something else going on here. I’m inclined to guess we might be able to use street addresses as a proxy for settlement age, but I bet it may also correspond with a municipality’s general disagreeableness on the day they decided address schemes. Or perhaps it’s simply related to the average length of streets. If anyone can actually explain what’s going on here, I’d love to know hear your analysis!