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Baltimore Wins EPA Contest to Fund Crowdsourced Air Quality Monitoring System

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The U.S. Environmental Protection is writing a $40,000 check to the City of Baltimore to help it harness the power of crowdsourced data and local partnerships to monitor air pollution.

Growing Up in Baltimore Makes You Less Likely to Get Married

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Image via the New York Times
Image via the New York Times

The average American woman today will get married by age 27, and 29 for the average American man. But that’s the national figure–in Baltimore (and other urban and/or liberal places), the typical marriage trajectory looks pretty different.

New to Baltimore? We Have Some Questions for You

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If you’re new to Baltimore — meaning you’ve moved to the city within the past three years — we know some people who want to hear from you.

Where Do Orioles Fans Live?

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via NY Times
via NY Times

Facebook is good for keeping in touch with old friends, and for cyber-stalking your ex’s new girlfriend… but it’s also a rich source of data about millions of people’s feelings about everything from politics to baseball.

This interactive map made by the New York Times using Facebook aggregate data shows the complicated way baseball fandom exists in contemporary America. And it turns out that we really are a divided country–and, in many cases, divided cities–when it comes to what team we root for. Except in Baltimore. In Baltimore, we cheer for the Orioles.

At Johns Hopkins, You Can Now Major in Robots or Data

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Oh, how things have changed since I was a naive young English major ten years ago. These days, degrees are getting ever more specialized, and increasingly tied to particular, useful jobs. Case in point: Johns Hopkins, where you can now get a degree that proves that you know how to build a robot, or parse a whole bunch of confusing data.

This Map Shows Baltimore’s Biggest Problem

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Baltimore’s such a complicated place. That’s true for a lot of reasons, but the newly-released census data tells a more simple story. Baltimore is poor, while all its surrounding counties are rich — quite rich, in fact.

In fact, six of the ten richest counties in the country are located in Maryland and Virginia, essentially in the DC suburbs. That’s a concentration of wealth that the Atlantic calls “truly astonishing.” Meanwhile, as James Briggs writes in the Baltimore Business Journal, “Baltimore looks like an island of poverty.”

Baltimore’s Life Expectancy Data is Depressing

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The internet is abuzz with a new study showing that women’s life expectancies, which have tended to be longer than men’s, are growing at a slower rate than men’s. In other words, while U.S. women live an average of 81 years (and men average 76), they have gained only 2.7 years in life expectancy since 1989, while men’s life expectancies have risen by 4.6 years. Scientists are calling this “a wake-up call,” and blaming a lack of adequate health care for the gap. But those are the trends for the nation as a whole; Baltimore looks significantly different. In Baltimore City, male life expectancy is a mere 67.8 years, below the world average (!) and comparable with life expectancies in countries like Indonesia and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Baltimore women outlive men by a margin of a whopping 8.7 years.

Baltimore: Things Are Looking Up

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I like a little good news on a Friday morning, how about you? Well, here’s some:

Mapping Baltimore’s Inequalities

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If you’re a data nerd, you could get lost in the New York Times data maps of the 2010 census information. Sometimes a good map can reveal information more vividly and directly than a paragraph of text — take, for instance, the image showing the change in median household income over the past decade. It’s a clear picture on the block-by-block level of which neighborhoods are winning (Hampden; Charles Village), and which are collapsing (Remington, Waverly, Reservoir Hill). But that’s not the whole story.

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