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Transit maps

Elsewhere I mentioned in passing a wonderful creation of the tall one's: a transit map for western Massachusetts. Here you can see it in its native habitat, on the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority's website--and you can click for finer and finer detail. And here is the whole map, hanging on my basement wall:


What's wonderful about transit maps is how stylized they are. Boston's higgledy-piggledy becomes this; central Tokyo's spiraling layout become this. (I link to Boston and Tokyo, instead of London, whose stylized transit map was the first of its type, or New York, which is much bigger and more complicated than Boston, because Boston and Tokyo were the tall one's first experiences of transit maps, and their transit systems were what whetted his interest.)

The tall one has been designing transit maps for a long, long time. Here's one from when he was in fifth grade or so:


So wonderful to see a childhood interest carry through to adulthood.


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Jan. 30th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
This is my own fave:


Edited at 2015-01-30 04:07 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
A map of magnificence ^_^
Jan. 30th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
It would be nice if the Union Square station actually existed now.

Maybe they could extend the Blue Line to Salem too. And restore the A Line (Green line) and reconnect Heath Street and Forest Hills.
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:50 am (UTC)
I'm sure the tall one would agree with you about all those points.
Jan. 31st, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
Emma's band had their first concert and it was really close to Union Square.
Jan. 31st, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
I saw a whole lot of Cambridge-Somerville area folks heading to Union Square maybe last weekend? Maybe they were going to her concert. How did it go? (And when does she find out about the Tiny Desk Concert?)
Jan. 31st, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
1. Maybe.
2. Awesome. I wrote about it. It was on January 24th (the entry is a day later). I don't know if you saw that.
3. Dunno.
Jan. 31st, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I did either--I'll go back & look.
Jan. 30th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Can you identify cities based on their subway maps?

(I got 9 of 10, making me a "Wonkblog-Certified Transit Ninja". I missed #9.)
Jan. 31st, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
I got 9/10 (thought [censored] was [censored]. That whole "orderly" thing threw me off. Also, I got [censored] because Uncyclopedia said Stalin left his cup of coffee on a subway map and everyone was so afraid of him that they built a subway line based on it.)

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Jan. 31st, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)
I got the Moscow one too, but by lucky guess. I like the story about the coffee cup!
Jan. 31st, 2015 07:24 am (UTC)
Same mistake I made. :-)
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:46 am (UTC)
I only got six out of ten, and half of those I guessed! But I sent it on to the tall one, and I bet you anything he gets all ten.
Jan. 30th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
I love transit maps as well. Somewhere, I had one of the rivers in North America. I'll have to see if I can dig it up.
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'd love to see a map of rivers of North America.
Jan. 30th, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
That's so cool! I was just reading somewhere recently about the fellow who came up with the concept, in London. Such a great idea.
Jan. 30th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
Yes, the tall one was given a book about him!
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Jan. 31st, 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
Me too!
Jan. 30th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Cool. Vi Hart would love his map. He must have drawn the Seven Bridges of Königsberg at some point.
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
I wonder if he has! I should put it to him :-)
Jan. 30th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
A transit map is a thing of order and beauty (whereas an actual city is more often a thing of moderate chaos--and beauty). Madrid's map is lovely. Lots of lines!
Jan. 30th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
a wonderful creation of the tall one's: a transit map for western Massachusetts. Here you can see it in its native habitat, on the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority's website

I think I had missed somehow that the tall one's map was the official one. Go, him.
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Yes, and it's been nominated for an award from the American Public Transit Association--fingers crossed for him.
Jan. 30th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
What a clever, talented tall one you've got. How wonderful that interest has deepened to become such skill.
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
It's kind of like dreaming of being a ballet dancer and actually *doing* it.
Jan. 31st, 2015 05:12 am (UTC)
It's kind of like dreaming of being a ballet dancer and actually *doing* it.

:) Love this!
Jan. 30th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
I find that I'm not sure whether I find it more reassuring or more terrifying, how we humans do keep on being ourselves....
Jan. 31st, 2015 02:57 am (UTC)
Equal parts, I suppose!
Jan. 31st, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
That is SO COOL! I knew that he was into transit, because I got talking about bus routes with him once, but I had no clue that this map was his work. I'm impressed as hell.
Jan. 31st, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yep! I'm impressed as hell too ^_^
Jan. 31st, 2015 08:38 am (UTC)
That IS wonderful! There's something appealing about being able to distill out just the most essential information that you need to use a complex system. I was just talking to HL today about how hard it was to memorise the Klang Valley highway system. I wonder if there's a need for transit-style highway maps too...
Jan. 31st, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
Transit-style highway maps would be a good idea--great for managing exits, diverging highways, etc.
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