GEOGRAPHY IN THE NEWS:
The urban-rural divide in the 2016 election has been well documented. But can the actual color palette of our landscape predict how we vote? "For his latest undertaking, [Tim Wallace] worked with Krishna Karra, a data visualization engineer, to process imagery of every square meter in the contiguous United States. They asked the question, 'Do people who vote similarly live in similar-looking places?' The resulting article is more museum piece than map, a rich American canvas made mostly of natural greens and urban grays, complemented by less dominant shades of watery blues and arid browns and yellows. ... [V]oting precincts with more gray color — urban developments — were more likely to have voted for Hillary Clinton, while those with greener open spaces, but also sand or rock, were more likely to have supported Donald Trump. Randomly selected precincts with the same color often had a similar political makeup." www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/insider/journalism-and-geography.html
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