Garrett Dash Nelson

Garrett Dash Nelson

Garrett Dash Nelson is a historical geographer at the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College.

How NIMBYs Made ‘Back Yard’ Mean ‘Entire Neighborhood’

What part of a city or community makes up somebody’s “back yard”? NIMBYs think it’s the whole thing.

What Would a Good Electoral Map Even Look Like?

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.

The Deception of Density

If we think carefully about the flaws in measuring how dense a place is, we can better articulate what we actually value about urbanism.