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  1. Lynda

    Good points. I could potentially see that the initial poor quality population characteristics for the 2005-2009 growth in the Triangle could warp analysis in future years. The growth spike will eventually be characterized accurately by the ACS. However when analyzing the more accurate snapshot in 2012 or 2013 against substandard 2009 estimates it could give false amplification of the level of gentrification. It may look like a 1000+ low income households were replaced between 2009 and 2013 when the household growth was always affluent over that time but the estimation method wasn’t able to accurately capture it as such.