With Christmas 2012 quickly receding into memory, here’s an indicator that you need to measure while you can: holiday light displays put up by the town! Our earlier indicators from this week, Graffiti and Fliers, reveal mental maps of walkable space of a single individual and many individuals acting separately.
Community holiday lights on telephone poles or buildings reveal what is probably a resource-constrained consensus decision made by several individuals together in our public works department, perhaps in consultation with the Town Manager.
This one was rather easy to map- I just got in the car and drove all over town in any direction I saw a snowflake until I passed the last lighted pole. If I continued east into Chapel Hill I would have more data, but I had somewhere to be and went home after observing the extent of holiday snowflakes in Carrboro.
In the map below, the roads marked in red are where the snowflakes were posted, and the green area is the overall zone of coverage they surrounded using the furthest extent of snowflakes in each direction.