When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

18 October 2005


The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on Internet users' voting, to show how the country is organized culturally, as opposed to traditional political boundaries. It shows how the country is divided into 'spheres of influence' between different cities at the national, regional, and local levels.

This information will finally settle the question over where disputed cultural boundaries lie (like between New York City and Upstate New York), contribute to the national debate over Congressional redistricting, and educate people everywhere as to the true layout of the American people that they've never seen on any map before.

Participation takes just 12 clicks. Take a look and participate at: http://www.commoncensus.org
Initial CommonCensus Map effort (after 8000 votes)

I wonder if the CommonCensus people would be open to the idea of sharing their code.

I would *love* to create a "barbecue spheres of influence" demographic and psychographic map of the lower 48, or perhaps a very detailed map of the Southeastern United States. (See post below.) This would finally settle the question over where disputed gastronomic and cultural boundaries lie (like between Western, Lexington, and Eastern-style Carolina barbecue, not to mention the South Carolina abomination with the mustard-based sauce)

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