Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sub par

I found a story in the NY Times from last year that would have made the perfect profile, a man obsessed with redesigning the NYC Subway map. He hasn't made much headway on convincing the city, but reading the piece got me thinking. There are several inches of empty space on the left and right side of the map, with Manhattan positioned off-center left. If you cut off the empty water on the left and condensed the 4-5 inches of Long Island on the right, where no subways run at all, you could greatly increase the detail of the remaining map and perhaps restore some of the parity in terms of scale to Brooklyn and Queens. I think I will try and touch base with this fellow, even if his story has been done already, as he will probably have some friends or leads in the world of mapping.

NY Times Story

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