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Old 02-01-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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This website says that Fort Greene had a population of 98,000 back in 2000.

http://brooklyn.com/population.html (broken link)

But when I add up all of FG's Census tracts using the NY Times site, I don't get anything close to that.

Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census - NYTimes.com

What's the deal?
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Did you do it based on the Community Board 2 boundaries? If you're using your own boundaries for Fort Greene, that could be the reason why you're coming up with fewer people.

Plus, this was based on the 2000 census, not the 2010 census, and it looks like the overall population in Fort Greene has declined since 2000.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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For one thing the 2000 number of 98,000 clearly states that it includes Brooklyn Heights and Fort Greene. When you added up all the " Ft Greene Census Tracts" did you also include all the census tracts for Brooklyn Heights ?

Secondly,even if it were just Fort Greene,how are you to ever be sure that the census tracts you consider to be Fort Greene are the same census tracts someone else considers to be Fort Greene ?
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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For one thing the 2000 number of 98,000 clearly states that it includes Brooklyn Heights and Fort Greene. When you added up all the " Ft Greene Census Tracts" did you also include all the census tracts for Brooklyn Heights ?
Ah, I missed that. Still, C-D says that Fort Greene has around 20,000 people. Is that right?
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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It really depends on their chosen boundaries of Fort Greene.If they coincide with NYC's official boundaries then I would give them some credence,if the coincide with their own or someone else's made up boundaries then they are useless.
Everyone(especially those with real estate interests) seems to feel free to draw their own boundaries to suit whatever agenda they are promoting ,whether it be to make a neighborhood appear whiter or to have a lower crime rate.
The NY Times especially has been known to do this when writing real estate promo articles about certain neighborhoods they are pushing.Be careful is all I can say.

At least the city maintains consistent community board boundaries and eventually accepts the "official" census data.
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