Monday, February 21, 2005

Maps or do you say "Pop" or "Soda"?

Know your Illinois legislative district? A great resource to look it up is You'll find fascinating (at least they fascinate me) political, economic, and demographic maps of Illinois here.

A friend on the Hill sent me a great map displaying generic names for soft drinks by county. We say "pop" on the West Side and I had no idea there was an alternative for a long time.

Anyone trying to understand data displayed through maps must first read Mark Monmonier's book How to Lie with Maps. You can bamboozle yourself with map-displays besides getting suckered by the mapmakers.

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