Exploring density by the square kilometer reveals as much variation within cities as between them—and shows that raw statistics can be deceptive.
What part of a city or community makes up somebody’s “back yard”? NIMBYs think it’s the whole thing.
Using a score he named after the inventor of gerrymandering, one geographer discovers a huge variation in how well congressional districts match up with commuter regions consisting of interconnected urban, suburban, and rural areas.
If we think carefully about the flaws in measuring how dense a place is, we can better articulate what we actually value about urbanism.