Roll in on the river: Once in a tickle trunk is easy; forever is hard

Southeastern Michigan's newest social media sensation (on Facebook) is News on the River, produced by Jim Roll. The daily newscast, anchored by Roll, is shot in front of the mighty Huron River. Each edition lasts one to two minutes. The first one aired on Oct. 19. In the first handful of episodes, a fashion correspondent, … Continue reading Roll in on the river: Once in a tickle trunk is easy; forever is hard

Maps: Prepping for 2018 Election Analysis

I'm putting together a tool kit for analyzing a narrow slice of the 2018 general election results. I want to see look at two kinds of county-by-county patterns. First, what's the relative strength of Republican and Democratic candidates in statewide races in 2018? Second, how does the strength of statewide candidates in 2018 stack up … Continue reading Maps: Prepping for 2018 Election Analysis

Ann Arbor’s Prop A, adverbs, and DDA tax capture

Voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will decide on Nov. 6 whether a publicly owned parcel atop an underground parking structure in the downtown should be reserved in perpetuity as public land and developed as a parklike amenity, a civic commons of sorts. It's Prop A on the ballot. An alternative use for the parcel is … Continue reading Ann Arbor’s Prop A, adverbs, and DDA tax capture

Transit Data: 2018 is on track for record rail ridership through Ann Arbor station

Based on data from the Michigan Department of Transportation, 113,783 passengers got on and off Amtrak trains at the Ann Arbor station in the first three quarters of this year. That's about 5,000 more riders than last year's nine-month total of 108,327. In 2017 the full-year ridership total was 150,176—which was the highest number recorded over the last roughly … Continue reading Transit Data: 2018 is on track for record rail ridership through Ann Arbor station

Guadalupe River Flooding: Most water in the last two decades, or ever? (No.)

Update: Oct. 6, 2018 1:18 p.m.  The National Weather Service just tweeted a caution that the Guadalupe gauge in Kerrville has been malfunctioning: NWS Austin/San Antonio  @NWSSanAntonio The gauge located at the Guadalupe River at Kerrville has been malfunctioning and did NOT reach record flood level. USGS is currently addressing the issue. The latest reliable reading … Continue reading Guadalupe River Flooding: Most water in the last two decades, or ever? (No.)