May 12 Tidbits

I came across a couple of interesting things today.

Here is a county map of wet, moist (combo) and dry counties in the US. While Texas and Michigan seem to be predominantly moist, I think that Arkansas has the most dry counties.

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Here is a map showing common states voting patterns since 1960. To me the most interesting things on this map are Illinois and New Jersey being together and especially California and Vermont. You would think Vermont and California would have almost nothing in common. The other “voting blocs” are adjoining which is what I would expect.

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Finally, this headline from a New York Times article was very interesting to me. The fact that 6,580 people applied for 95 affordable apartments is just astounding. What is even more astounding is that rather than loosen regulations to encourage the building of more affordable housing the state is trying to allow further rent control which will only make the housing problems worse. It’s just crazy that the state doesn’t pass housing reform to encourage the building of more housing.

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Here is the average housing rental costs in San Francisco:

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