Back Bay, East Boston are worlds apart, at least according to Google auto-complete

Google auto-complete for East Boston and Back Bay

Matt Karolian got curious what results he'd get from Google auto-complete by typing in the same basic search for various Boston-area neighborhoods and communities.

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      Try "woman" on those

      Or just "wo" for more variety.

      I tried Medford Man, too - but they all jumped off of the Tobin Bridge. That explains a lot.

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      Whitehouse Streetbump

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      Perhaps I'm digressing but apparently the Obama administration is interested in subjects like this. For example, they pointed to the City of Boston's "streetbump" app as inadvertantly differentiating service for various neighborhoods.

      Just google "Podesta street bump boston".

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      Street Bump

      The argument is that if you use a tool (smartphone) that is more common among the wealthy to determine where to spend public money (pothole repair), it stands to reason that the places where the wealthy live with get more public money.

      I don't think the Obama administration is wrong in bringing this up, though I would suspect that potholes in West Roxbury where being fixed sooner then potholes in East Boston since long before smartphones.

      This gets back to the old "you can use statics to prove anything" argument. The ability to data mine is changing but people always have and always will cherry pick metrics which support their interests.

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      What are the alternatives?

      And how are they promoted? Do people in the less smartphoney neighborhoods have access to a reporting mode - such as calling a hotline? And, if so, how are those hotlines promoted and do they receive similar responses from city services?

      Those are still important questions to ask, even if "well, its always been that way" is true. Just because it has always been this way, doesn't mean that it has to keep on being this way.

      And...

      And how are they promoted? Do people in the less smartphoney neighborhoods have access to a reporting mode - such as calling a hotline?

      So what you are saying is that we should data mine to determine if improvements in data mining are leading to changes in inequality metrics. :)

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      Chelsea

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      if I do chelsea I get

      Chelsea ma man killed
      Chelsea ma city manager
      Chelsea ma property management
      Chelsea ma emergency management

      (I have to add a MA otherwise I get Chelsea NY (manhattan) or Chelsea Manning)

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      Hey, even Newton's not immune

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      Newton manufacturing
      Newton Manhattan bus
      Newton man arrested
      Newton manicure
      Newton man arrested in NH

      East Boston man to be named

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      East Boston man to be named Time magazines man of the year.
      East Boston mansion to be knocked down for Airport expansion

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      I think I can see what the op

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      I think I can see what the op is getting at, but Im not sure there's anything to it. Not many stories start with " (insert city here) man minds his own business, returns home safely after an uneventful day".

      If it bleeds, it leads...

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      Weston manor

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      Weston manor
      Weston man buys $1.4 million East Boston condo for his son Josh..

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