Portrait of my neighborhood (try yours)
Here's a picture—not necessarily a pretty one—of my neighborhood. Like most portraits it captures a particular angle at a specific moment in time. In this case it's information gathered from the 2000 U.S. Census for my zip code, 44113.
According to the ZipSkinny website, source of the charts, the geographic center of 44113 is the West Side Market, which seems appropriate since in many ways the Market seems to be the heart of the neighborhood. A traditional gathering place that combines work and play and brings together all different sorts of people, it symbolizes much of what's good about the neighborhood.
At the ZipSkinny site you can set up comparisons with up to 100 zip codes. I wanted to see the differences between where I live (44113) and where I work (44130). All the statistics are quite different, but these stood out the most:
I have to say that living in an area with such a wide mix of people isn't always paradise, but it feels much more real to me than the suburban uniformity of Parma. The campus population at Tri-C West isn't a whole lot different from the zip code it's in, but I've noticed encouraging signs of more students of different races and ethnic origins. We're getting there.
Thanks to VeryShortList for this link.