Urban Planet: Sidewalks as a Predictor of Voting Patterns

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With the American elections safely behind us, Streetsblog explores Nate Silver’s heuristic: “if a place has sidewalks, it votes Democratic. Otherwise, it votes Republican.” As Bill Lindeke notes, “One of the key reasons why our political experience is marked by incredulity is because of this spatial division. And sidewalks may just be the most obvious sign of this gap. More than anything else, sidewalks can predict your vote, what kind of political values you have.”

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