This week’s updates include a fun U.S. road trip map for finding perfect weather every day of the year, a surprising look at consumers and service spending, and a study on our confidence in privacy and security.
Current unemployment rates vs. recession max rates via Calculated Risk:
From City Lab, a 365-day road trip map for enjoying perfect weather every day:
Are Americans really consuming more services?
Is the rental market tight or not?
Housing starts are up significantly over last year:
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac currently operate without any reserves. Some senators are worried.
Three U.S. economic specialists are optimistic despite jumpy markets.
The Urban Land Institute semiannual forecast and survey.
Do immigrants displace U.S.-born workers or not? Supporting charts:
A geophysicist sets the probability of a big L.A. earthquake in the next three years at 99.9%.
Doctors are writing prescriptions for… parks as the scientific evidence for the health benefits green spaces grows.
30 things Back to the Future II got right – and wrong.
Reading in decline:
The risk of terrorism:
Which kinds of retail sales are up because we are spending less on gasoline:
Hedge funds are a man’s game.