Activity Overview: In 2017, the Washington Post pulled together a national analysis of driving distance limitations imposed by traffic during rush hour. Based on the hypothetical scenario of attempting to drive away from a downtown area in America's largest cities, contributor Sahil Chinoy produced a series of graphic representations of the distance achievable when leaving at three different times. The analysis features Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio as well as other cities around the country.
This activity relies on some of the maps produced for this article. Project the maps or print them from the computer for your students. The questions following are appropriate for a group discussion or for an individual assignment.
In the section of the article titled "Gridlock in action," Dallas receives a direct comparison with Los Angeles, California.
In the section of the article titled "Southwest and west," maps of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio appear in comparison with other cities.
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