Thursday, March 20, 2008


I realize now that Asheville zip codes are not the same as asheville city limits, so just because Erwin High School is in Asheville according to its street address doesn't mean it is actually in Asheville. I guess it just means it's not in Leicester (whose boundaries would be by zip code because it is unincorporated) and it's not in Asheville (which gets to decide where its boundaries are and i know where they are -- they're where the Welcome to Asheville sign is near the laundromat on Leicester highway). So Asheville zip code is not Asheville city.

Which means Erwin High School is actually ... nowhere.

This is not really related. But a million times I have wished I had a map of Buncombe County's school districts so I knew where the Erwin district melts into the Asheville and Enka districts.

Because that is the community I spent my most formative years identifying with. Not Asheville. Not Leicester. That amorphous consolidation of urban and rural and whatnot that is the Erwin district. Those are my people.

Sorry I was grouchy in class today. Hungry. The actual stuff we were learning was awesome.

My dad is showing up at my house tomorrow at 5 am to go hiking on the AT. He wants to be in north Georgia and on the trail by 8 a.m. great. so if I looked tired in class it was preemptive.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The movie almost put me to sleep. I took a lot of notes though. Maybe we can blame my continued struggle with adjusting to daylight savings time and not the movie itself.

It's exciting as we move along through our textbook. I just hope I'll remember the useful things I learned today.

I realized my Bent Creek map was faulty. The one you have posted on the door is, I suppose, what they were supposed to look like. I never deleted the raster layer, and I have all my trails in purple. Now that I think about it, I realize I meant to go back and delete the raster layer and change the trails to their different colors. I really did. I guess I got distracted. My husband was trying to get me to watch a movie. Everything is his fault, really.

I guess it would be nice to have some kind of feedback to see how we are doing in terms of grades. Should I fix my Bent Creek map, or is it too late?

chapters 10 & 11

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

More random musings

I know you've all been wondering when I was going to get around to figuring out what to post for my journal for last Thursday's class.

I've been thinking for my project, maybe instead of doing it on unemployment in Scotland County, NC, I'll do an analytical comparison between the locations of jobs in the Asheville area, the public transportation available, and the places where people actually live. It is my hypothesis that Asheville City Transit is designed with the idea that people live in neighborhoods around the city and work downtown. But I hypothesize that in reality most jobs are not downtown and Asheville's model of transportation is actually incredibly impractical for the vast majority of people in Asheville, not to mention the other parts of Buncombe County that it serves.

It will be easy to get population data by census tract, and I can probably georeference the transit map, but the more subjective part of my project will be the locations of jobs. I doubt they have a gis layer already around for that!

I can find the list of the county's top ten or so employers from the employment security commission web site. and then I guess what i'll do is look in the classifieds. Maybe we can assume that if I take a large enough sample of job openings which list physical addresses, then I will have an accurate enough sampling of the locations of jobs.

And if these jobs are new or emerging, even better, then we're developing a transportation map that is prepared for the future.

Of course I'm no expert and I don't know a damn thing about transportation planning, but, it'll be fun. I'll find a few scholarly articles on the subject to add to my footnotes.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Think I'll do my final project on geographical factors contributing to the high unemployment rate in Scotland County North Carolina as of Dec. 2007.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bent Creek

I did the trails in purple because it showed up well.