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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Now That's Sprawl


Elizabeth Williamson, writing in The Washington Post on Saturday, alerts us to the dangers of sprawl, writing, "Each day, 28 to 43 square miles of green space in the region are overtaken by the builder's bulldozer, say the authors of the study...The study ... used satellite imagery to map a 3,000-square-mile area." Which is to say, the entire Washington metropolitan region will be paved over in less than four months.

Maybe major newspapers should hire math & statistics editors? The M&S editor could check articles for glaring impossibilities like the above, help reporters to put budget numbers in perspective ("The President's new plan to fight crime called for spending $300 million over 10 years, or $3 per household"), make charts, and generally add some numeracy to the news.

 
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