Look at the map and try to draw a boundary around your most common travel routes. There used to be a comic strip called, I think, “The Family Circus,” in which the artist would often draw the circuitous route of a child’s activities around the house and yard over the course of a day.
This is kind of what I’m asking you to imagine–only think about a typical week or month.
If you live in Watertown, is your regional travel bordered by Clayton or Kingston, Fort Drum, and Adams most days?
If you’re in Plattsburgh, is the shape of your regular travel cornered by Burlington, Elizabethtown and Malone?
Get the idea?
What started this was a wonderful blog entry from NPR’s Robert Krulwich Sarah Harris sent me last month. Krulwich, citing the work of German physicist Dirk Brockman, explores the notion of “whom do you hang with” based on how money moves around regions of our country. Here’s Brockman’s map:
As Sarah pointed out, it looks like northern NY is in the large East Coast band of interaction; while Vermont is firmly within the New England/Boston sphere of influence.
The more muted blue lines indicate money “sloshing around” within a region, but the darker blue borders are really hard and fast in terms of keeping money from moving outward.
Later in Krulwich’s post, he explores another study that tracked phone usage as the basis for visual mapping of our social interactions.
Okay, so back to the beginning.
What’s your home base, where do you go and where do you spend money on a regular basis? And, with whom do you have the most phone interaction–people within your home community or family and friends who live elsewhere?