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  •  The current map is basically (0+ / 0-)

    Southie + Scott Brown suburbs; it's so non-convex that it's barely connected set.  I don't think the essential character is much changed, which is the point of gerrymandering.

    Last I checked, Fenway Park is not in Afghanistan.

    by theran on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 07:41:29 AM PDT

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    •  I way overestimated (0+ / 0-)

      The population of South Boston in 2000, according to the Census, was 30,000 people.

      The population of the district as a whole is about 650,000.

      600,000+ people in the district live outside of South Boston.

      •  You yourself pointed out (0+ / 0-)

        where the previous population went.

        Last I checked, Fenway Park is not in Afghanistan.

        by theran on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 07:53:11 AM PDT

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        •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

          Southie isn't depopulated like Youngstown, it just has smaller families now and less crowding. It was never huge to begin with. Even when Southie was much more populous, I doubt it was hiding 100,000 to 200,000 people who went to the suburbs. I can believe it had 50,000 people in mid-century, but not far more than that.

          When I misestimated the population by a factor of five, that also means I misestimated the size of the diaspora by a comparable number. I'm sorry I didn't spell that out.

        •  asdf 2 (0+ / 0-)

          If you were around here in spring '08, you would have learned from Kossacks that everyone left Southie for N.H. where they voted against Obama in the primary because they were still upset over busing.

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