Housing Complex

Morning Links: Falling Short

Potomac looks terrible. [Urbanturf]

Fenty ball-dropping loses federal funding for business assistance. [WBJ]

Community groups think massive new effort to enliven the waterfront cuts them off from the waterfront. [SWLQTC]

Jim Moran backs pan-immigrant museum. [AP]

Something to do on Monday. [LEDC]

Alexandria coal plant emissions will soon be illegal. [Examiner, Post]

How is China going to pay for all that building? [NYT]

Rogers Marvel wins! [ASLA]

Metro wants subtitles. [GGW]

Visualizing housing price growth and decline. [Bubblemeter]

ANC 1C not quite ready to support bike lanes. [QuickRelease]

Today on the market: Classic SW condo.

  • Bob See

    Visualizing housing price growth and decline.

    I posted this at that site:

    If I'm reading this right, you put a colored circle at each zip code indicating a percentage of loss. And a bunch of circles overlap, and the combined color gets darker.

    So let's make a simple example of two overlapping circles: zip code A and zip code B each have a light green circle, but combined the color gets darker, meaning they fell less. Conversely, zip code C and zip code D each have a light red circle, but combined the color gets darker, meaning they fell more.

    It doesn't work that way. In the city centers it's almost impossible to see what color the individual circles are. A bunch overlap making the colors darker. So DC gets cumulatively "better" and Baltimore gets cumulatively "worse".

    If this is the case, the map is deceptive and inaccurate. Wouldn't simply coloring in a map of zip code boundaries make more sense?

  • RT

    Potomac can be really great or really awful, depending on the lot. Some are monstrosities, some are breathtakingly classy homes on beautiful lots. The area is very lush and you're near Great Falls, which is this area's crown jewel for natural beauty. The McMansion's (especially the "original" ones from the 80's) are beyond atrocious though.