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Texas immigration

November 24, 2021

The New York Times has a database to help people choose where they might want to live in the US. Using that, they explain why so many people are moving to the suburbs of Dallas:

If you’re looking for an affordable, economically vibrant city that is less likely to be damaged by climate change than many other American cities, our data shows why Texas is a new land of plenty. For the many hypothetical life scenarios I ran through our quiz, the suburbs around Dallas — places like Plano, McKinney, Garland, Euless and Allen — came up a lot. It’s clear why these are some of the fastest-growing areas in the country. They have relatively little crime and are teeming with jobs, housing, highly rated schools, good restaurants, clean air and racial and political diversity — all at a steep discount compared to the cost of living in America’s coastal metropolises.

CalettaSilkmothI’m not much impressed with their search tool. It let’s you select “less snow” but not “more salt water.” A locale’s travel characteristics cannot be boiled down to “commute time.” Related to that, it is simultaneously too granular and insufficiently so. Round Rock is incorporated and Oak Hill is not. For most practical purposes, that makes little difference: both are neighborhoods of Austin. It makes sense that someone looking where to live wants to drill down to that level. You live as much in a neighborhood as you do in a city. It makes little sense that a search tool for that purpose provides visibility to one such neighborhood, because it is incorporated, but not to the other. To the extent that it presents Round Rock as a small town rather than a neighborhood in a large metropolis, it is some decades out of date.

The photo shows a calleta silk moth, freshly emerged last week. Which is a common sight for those of us in the southern part of Texas, when we prune back our cenizo.

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