From The New York Observer:
Mayor Bloomberg announced today that he won his fight to get the Census Bureau to up its 2005 estimate of the five-borough population by 0.9 percent, to 8,213,839.
It is ironic, of course, that in an era when the city is struggling to find space for its residents to live that it would want to claim more of them, but in this case, the extra push qualified New York for $23 million more in state housing funds that are tied to population, according to a City Hall press release.
Sounds like a good idea, right? Everyone (newspapers, TV stations, online bloggers) got their shorts all in a bunch because they read last year that Boston and Massachusetts lost population, between 2000 and 2004. In my opinion, based on my research, we didn’t lose population, it was simply a matter of how they collected the data.
When all else is lost, sue.
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