Is there a correlation between colorful cities and happy residents? Apparently Bristol is ahead of other English cities on the happiness index and here it is below with colorful building facades.
Or maybe it's a cycle where happy people paint their buildings in bright colors and that makes other people happy? In the case of San Francisco (below), all it takes is one quirky neighbor to get half the block on a roll.
I hope architects and developers know that color can make otherwise boring multi-storey buildings a lot more interesting! For more photos of colorful cities, go to this Buzzfeed post.
State-to-State Migration for States of 8 million+
Cool infographic that shows net gains and loss for states- apparently in 2011, lots of people in Texas moved to California! Here I was thinking many techies are leaving the Silicon Valley for hip hip Austin...
Go here for the other states in the complete interactive infographic.
Population Change by decade, 1910-2010
It looks like the Midwest was populated and then de-populated- is everyone moving to the West Coast? Also, notice the major population change in Hawaii between 1930-1960? Too bad the map is too small to tell, but that only really happened for the Big Island. Oahu was seeing a steady increase in immigrants., for example the second wave of Korean immigrants arrived in 1965.
For the Census website of these maps, go here.
Not only does Episode 448 of Planet Money touch upon the importance of a sense of place, belonging, and routines, it also has an important lesson for planning.
Lesson: have a good relationship with your really big family, your friends, your customers, then tap your social network for informal insurance after natural disasters. This is what I think planners should help create, especially for coastal resilience: a tight-knit community where people support each other.
Link to Episode 448: Coney Island Back In Business
I find clowns creepy.