Well, the U.S. Census of 2010 is underway.
Temporary workers are knocking on doors across America, and Oaklanders who haven’t sent back their forms are getting targeted for visits. It’s a marvel of old-fashioned organization, with people and all their sweat equity aimed at counting us.
Lately, we have been stumbling across Census workers in the Village. Try hanging out at a coffee shop for a half hour, and a few will magically appear. During the past week alone, we have spotted a boss holding court with numerous workers, as well as multiple meet-ups between two workers swapping war stories.
These workers do need to meet somewhere and the coffee shops make sense. There’s plenty of paperwork exchanging hands, along with schedules getting hammered out. We bet the per-store sales of coffee and cakes will go up this month.
A decade ago, we wonder where the Census workers gathered. Did Uncle Sam arrange for temporary space? Were the libraries used instead? Dunno, but workers are in full view this go-around.