Mapping New Ground
Now that portable GPS systems and Google Earth have ramped up the average citizen's interaction with maps, we've now got new and different kinds of maps popping up all over. Before you ponder a new route to Grandma's this holiday season, take a gander at these newcomers:
* Panamaps are multi-view folding maps that show three views of a city (now available for Chicago and Manhattan): Streets, subways and landmarks/neighborhoods. Depending on how you tilt it, you can see a different view. Practical? Debatable. Interesting? Definitely.
* Naming an entire interstate system has already been done. So why start all over... backwards? The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHT), Adventure Cycling Association and other groups teamed up to create the new U.S. Bicycle Route System, which maps out bike routes across the U.S., creating an interstate highway system for two-wheelers.
* Ever wonder why a place got its name? A fun new map called "Atlas of True Names," by German company Kalimedia, shows the English translations of the etymological roots of places we've grown accustomed to. For instance, Great Britain is renamed "Great Land of the Tattooed," the Seine River becomes "The Gentle One" and Memphis is "His Beauty." And guess which U.S. city is named "Stink Onion"? Maps of either Europe or the world are available here.
Those are just a few of the map-y developments I've noticed lately. What else is new out there for map-lovers?
By Christina Talcott |
December 18, 2008; 10:41 AM ET
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