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Isn't That Spatial?

a podcast dedicated to casual geography and the spatial component of whatever

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February 2017

ITS004: REPRESENT!

This episode examines the Geography of Political Representation.

What could be more spatial than the lines that combine and divide us to make up our political representative districts? On this episode, we will take just a peek at how we all get bundled together – or not – to get some representation – or not – in our legislative bodies. What is the makeup of our representation and is it fair and adequate? How did we get here and who is in charge? There has got to be a better way – right?

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Show Notes + Sources

Um, what are Congressional Districts? Via the Census.

Apportionment Method

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Citizen’s Guide to Redistricting

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World’s Most Egregiously Drawn District, the North Carolina 12th
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Maryland’s 3rd District makes a pretty creative showing, too.

Interactive Map of Congressional Districts and “Safety” Ratings

Gubernatorial and State Legislative Party Control, via Ballotpedia

Redistricting after the 2010 Census, via Ballotpedia

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Both major parties have had their shot at gerrymandering in NC.

Under-representation after the 2010 Census and Redistricting, via the Washington Post

Representation at the local level

Unintentional Gerrymandering of ourselves.

More on independent redistricting commissions

Pending court cases related to redistricting schemes

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ITS003: Public vs. Private Ride-Hailing Services


Hey, have you heard about this Uber thing? On this episode, I’m looking at ride-hailing services – so-called public taxis versus newer, private app-based services such as Uber and Lyft (among many other players in the market). How do these services fit in to the urban transportation picture? Are the new private services the key to the gaps in our transportation system? Do they complement or harm the public taxi system, or the public transportation system for that matter?

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Show Notes

From FiveThirtyEight:

In NYC, Uber and taxi cabs tend to share the same market –

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Ride-hailing paired with good public transportation can potentially replace the need for vehicle ownership in cities –

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Other Sources:

Cool NYC Taxi stats

Taxi history from Time Magazine

The Economist and The Globalist on Uber vs. Taxis

University of Chicago Law Review on the Social Costs of Uber

The Daily Caller on DC rethinking its public taxi services

Recent court ruling on tossing out taxi company complaints against Uber

Venture Beat weighing the problems and possibilities of private ride-hailing services

The moral quandary of public vs. private car services

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