When the roads run together

The first time I ever got seriously lost in a car was in high school, coming home from Boston. I knew how I was supposed to get home: Route 2 out to Route 128 north, then Route 3 the rest … Continue reading


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

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

Keeping it together

Today is my birthday, so I decided to take a day off from my usual work—writing a dissertation about the production of “unit landscapes” in American history—and instead work on a side project that tries to examine the same basic … Continue reading

At a crossroads

A sketch study for an ideal road intersection, with car traffic brought below grade to allow for an at-grade bike roundabout with a small recreational square.