My favorite weekend unwinding is to hop on my bike and pedal somewhere I haven’t. I’m not a distance rider, I favor cotton to lycra, and my pedals have strapless toe cages rather than clip-ins. I don’t go for speed, but I also try not to shy away from a hill. I prefer small side streets to wide avenues, and my general strategy is that when I come to a cross-roads I’ve been to recently, I try to take whichever turn I didn’t the last time.
This approach has taken given me a good picture of the neighborhoods north of the canal and cut: which ones favor eclectic yard art and little free libraries, and which ones manicure their lawns and square their hedges.
So it was interesting to overlay that picture of Seattle with these maps of Democratic primary voting produced by Jason Weill using Tableau’s visualization tools. This first set contrasts precincts that favored Biden in the Washington primary compared with those that favored Bernie Sanders. The second focused on Wallingford specifically.
For Seattle in general, the voting maps seem like a pretty straightforward proxy for wealth: more affluent areas favored Biden, whereas the reverse is true for Sanders.
For the Wallingford areas, I can make sense of that same split for Wallingford in general versus the Green Lake / Tangletown area, but the slice of Biden support in southeastern Wallingford doesn’t fit any clear socioeconomic model that I can see from the street. Anyone else have a theory?