So we’ve started more seriously looking into the housing market in Queens, New York, the most diverse county in the nation. So far, it’s mainly about orienting ourselves to the styles, conditions, and neighborhoods here, as we struggle with the concept of becoming slaves to that mortgage payment.

One thing I’ve noticed wandering around is that you can pass along the perimeter of a neighborhood thousands of times without ever noticing the treasures (and, to be fair, the dumps) within. Partly this is just because of geometry. The number of lots, blocks, and houses is proportional to the square of the length of the edge. To visit every meter of curb makes for a considerable journey!

To honor the quadratic, I illustrated this post with two square-cropped photos – though neither from New York!

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