Idea: Alternate census

In tandem to the regular census, do an alternate census of the inanimate objects that make up the human environment. This might include numbers like:

  • Cell phone and landline subscribers
  • Grocery stores per neighborhood
  • Schools and hospitals, and their capacity
  • Restaurants per neighborhood
  • Average wait time for metro or bus

Obviously the open question is how you’d collect this data. I suspect some already exists and some we’d have to get creative about. The thought came while discussing a Craft 2 census project this morning. To me, this alternate data set is the missing (and more actionable) other half.

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Miles Skorpen March 29, 2011 Reply

Canada already does some of this, and it is a great resource:

Not available for free though, unless you are in a Canadian university.

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