Ari Lamstein writes:
I chuckled when I read your recent “R Sucks” post. Some of the comments were a bit … heated … so I thought to send you an email instead.
I agree with your point that some of the datasets in R are not particularly relevant. The way that I’ve addressed that is by adding more interesting datasets to my packages. For an example of this you can see my blog post choroplethr v3.1.0: Better Summary Demographic Data. By typing just a few characters you can now view eight demographic statistics (race, income, etc.) of each state, county and zip code in the US. Additionally, mapping the data is trivial.
I haven’t tried this myself, but assuming it works . . . that’s great to be able to make maps of American Community Survey data at the zipcode level!