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-Boston’s Big Dig was the most expensive highway project ever undertaken in the U.S. It’s estimated cost, including interest, is nearly $22 billion.
-For the fourth year in a row, Houston has been the number one destination of U-Haul renters.
-The average employee has to work 20 minutes to afford a beer. Here in the U.S., we only have to work five — the lowest in the world.
-One of the largest grocery stores in America is Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio at over 300,000 square feet. The national ratio for supermarkets to people is one 50,000-100,000 square foot store per 10,000 people within an 8-10 minute drive. In New York, where the majority of people don’t even own cars, the latest average citywide ratio was 15,000 square feet to 10,000 people.
-Until April 1968, Columbia Heights was one of Washington D.C.’s busiest shopping and entertainment districts outside Downtown. After the destruction caused by riots after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination it remained dormant until 1999 when the city began an effort to revitalize it. Since then, the zip code has become one of the fastest gentrifying in the country.
-34.2% of families headed by a single woman live in poverty as opposed to 16.5% of families headed by a single man.
-Zelda, a wild turkey, has lived in Battery Park since 2003. Named for Zelda Fitzgerald, who was once found in Battery Park after a nervous breakdown, she has survived a jaunt on the West Side Highway and the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.
-The International Spy Museum features the largest collection of espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.
-Boston has had 47 mayors since it incorporated as a city in 1822. All of them have been white men.