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Global Affairs & Human Geography Digital Knowledge Source
Why What is Where: The Digital Knowledge Source for Geography & Global Affairs
Curated by Allison Anthony
Roads? Religion? Accent? Food? Which factor dictates where the North ends?
This is a great intellectual exercise to help students think about regions and how we define them. The article can help also inform some of their thinking since one of the main problems for students in drawing regional boundaries is a lack of place-based knowledge.
Tags: regions, USA.
The green dots on this map representing Starbucks locations which are obviously clustered in major metropolitan centers. Cross-referencing this Starbucks address location with population data, Davenport explains his mapping technique: "By counting the number of people who live within a given distance to each Starbucks, we can measure how well centered Frappuccinos are to the US citizenry. In other words: draw a 1-mile circle around every store, then add up the % of the population living within the circles. Repeat for 2, 3, 4....100 miles." The result of this data is a fabulous logrithmic S-curve which explains much about the American population distribution.
Tags: statistics, density, consumption, mapping, visualization, urban.