Tuesday, May 31, 2005
The third file is for Traffic Volume Report by County. This includes interstates and state roads. There are several streets that one may not consider a state road but are considered as such by DOT. They are often designated by a three-digit route number, followed by a letter.
The Harlem River Parkway in New York County is 907D; most “parkways” are numerically designated. Old Route 16 in Erie County is 951V; many “old route” numbers have new numbers. Fort Drum Access Roads #1 and #2 in Jefferson County are 971Q and 971V, respectively; access roads and service roads are often noted numerically.
Even named streets are sometimes given route numbers. For instance, Wolf Road in Albany County is 910B. Albany Avenue in Ulster County has three different numbers, 981M, 983F, and 983G.
The fourth file is for Local Traffic Volume by County, broken down by town or city.
You will note that, while some counts are fairly recent, some are more than ten years old, especially the local ones. This is often a function of cost-cutting measures by municipalities.
Monday, May 30, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
- #5, 11765, Mill Neck, Long Island
- #11, 11568, Old Westbury on Long Island
- #13, 10013, the neighborhood known as TriBeCa in Manhattan
The complete list in an easily-printed format is available at http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/2005/04/22/cx_sc_0426homep.html?boxes=custom. Note: whether customers can afford your client's product is only one part of the equation. What will make them buy?
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
In my travels, I have found a few sites that while not limited to a specific industry or sector are useful to all business owners. My feeling is that our clients, like most people, want advice that is easy to read and understand. There are many, many sites offering advice but these are a few you may want to check out.
http://www.psychotactics.com/psycho.htm PsychoTactics: Unlocking the mystery of business brain
Interesting articles on what makes us tick…and shop. Some good things for business owners to think about to help understand their customers.
http://www.knowthis.com/ KnowThis: Knowledge source for marketing
A good site for overview articles on marketing and marketing research. A bit more sober than others I've seen but quite good.
http://www.lapidaryjournal.com/touchstone/may03ts.cfm Lapidary Journal /Touchstone
This is a site aimed at jewelers but has articles that would be quite useful to any business owner. Most articles don't overtly mention the industry but talk about techniques and venues generally.
http://www.doctorebiz.com/05/020508a.htm Web Marketing Today Free Weekly
Practical advice for the web. Occasionally I throw in articles about specific issues or might just copy the first page to remind people what kind of coverage is available. I imagine when clients start to establish a web presence, they need to think about a new set of issues they may not be familiar with.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
When looking for information on the American FactFinder section of the Census page, you may have need to find all of a smaller geography within a larger geography, such as all the cities in Westchester County. For many tables in the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey, such as Detailed Tables, Custom Tables, and Quick Tables, click on the Geo within Geo tab. In this example, select all the places in Westchester County. You'll get a list of CDPs (Census Designated Places), villages, and cities, all very clearly marked, and you will be able to create the data you want. Unfortunately, the Census page does not designate places by county, so this tool will keep you from pulling out a map of Westchester County, and trying to figure out which places are cities, like I did before discovering this much easier method.
If you'd like me to walk you through a demonstration, call me at X 137.