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Quinoa index

The Quinoa index combines strange properties of municipalities in order to find peculiar municipalities.

Running the Yoga script

Start selenium.

java -jar bin/selenium-server-standalone-2.21.0.jar

Run the downloader script.


This results in a yoga/yoga.sqlite. Copy this to /tmp/yoga.sqlite, then parse the raw html downloads with

Results will be in /tmp/yoga.sqlite; move that wherever you want to keep it.

American FactFinder

I downloaded that stuff from here.

More ideas


  • Collect both hip things and non-hip things.
  • Places
    • Ikaria
    • Ashville, NC
    • Ithaca, NY
    • Williamsburg
  • Transportation
    • Bicycle usage
    • Car usage
    • Speed limits
  • Shapefiles
  • Census data
  • Presence of groups like PLoTS, CfA, Awesome, &c.

Specific ideas

  • Walkscore
  • County-level election data might say something; the cool places I know of vote democrat. This might be quite correlated with urbanness.
  • Suburu dealerships
  • Food
    • Cafes
    • McDonalds, Pizza Hut, &c.
    • Organic producers, food cooperatives, &c.
  • University locations
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
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