The nation laughs last

Yesterday British voters decided that their country should leave the European Union. I have never been so disheartened by the outcome of an election in which I had so little a personal stake. Since I am neither a European nor … Continue reading

Cyclocommunities

Last fall, I wrote about an experiment in algorithmic partitioning using data from commuting patterns. It was a really interesting way to think about “natural” communities emerging from the stitchwork of human geography, and it suggested some interesting ways for … Continue reading

The where of freedom

Freedom, wherever it existed as a tangible reality, has always been spatially limited. This is especially clear for the greatest and most elementary of all negative liberties, the freedom of movement; the borders of national territory or the walls of … Continue reading

The consequences of closing down Flint

There are basically two ways which we can deal with any problem which has become a crisis: we can redouble our efforts to fix the problem, or we can abandon the situation—these are roughly the two options which are metaphorized … Continue reading

At the center of it all

One way of thinking about whether or not a territory “makes sense” is to consider how evenly and symmetrically its population is distributed within its borders. A theoretically ideal territory, in this sense, would have a dense node of population … Continue reading