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October 1, 2013 5:51 AM   Subscribe

What the Monopoly properties look like in real life.
posted by reenum (33 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's cool as can be. (Bonus - don't miss the Where-are-they-now rundown of all the restaurants mentioned in American Psycho)
posted by jquinby at 6:00 AM on October 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


No picture of the jail?
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 6:03 AM on October 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


How could the city not paint all its sidewalks accordingly?
posted by pracowity at 6:06 AM on October 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Or the Free Parking lot?
posted by Thorzdad at 6:07 AM on October 1, 2013


Oh, so cool. Thanks for posting this.

Also see: Monopoly is Theft
and
John McPhee's The Search for Marvin Gardens (pdf) (Context)
posted by zarq at 6:10 AM on October 1, 2013 [9 favorites]


I wanted to see the Waterworks and Electric Company.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:19 AM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay, now they need to do this for Trump.
posted by tilde at 6:20 AM on October 1, 2013


These locations are all wrong.
Here, I fixed it.

Old Kent Road
Whitechapel Road

The Angel Islington
Euston Road
Pentonville Road

Pall Mall
Whitehall
Northumberland Avenue

Bow Street
Marlborough Street
Vine Street

The Strand
Fleet Street
Trafalgar Square

Leicester Square
Coventry Street
Piccadilly

Regent Street
Oxford Street
Bond Street

Park Lane
Mayfair

King's Cross Station
Marylebone Station
Fenchurch St Station
Liverpool Street Station

Jail
Free Parking
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:22 AM on October 1, 2013 [36 favorites]


Whatever happened to Vine Street?
posted by ninebelow at 6:30 AM on October 1, 2013


zarq, that Monopoly is Theft link is so interesting! And so typical when it comes to received truth versus historical truth.
posted by jabah at 6:34 AM on October 1, 2013


Ordnance Survey Also have a go

Wikipedia notes that the main feature of vine street is that it's on the monopoly board and the problems this causes for the famous pub crawl.

When I did it the first time we went to a pub on swallow street, and the second time we went to the other Vine street out in EC3N
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:35 AM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is fantastic. I want to make cards of these images and use those in the game. (Not that I have played in a while, but still).
posted by mountmccabe at 6:37 AM on October 1, 2013


I want to hang a Monopoly card outside of my house.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:40 AM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I want to see the beauty contest with the $10 first prize.
posted by bondcliff at 6:48 AM on October 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


If you want to make a realistic version you should be able to buy strip clubs instead of Utilities and every Chance card just says "You got mugged"
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:56 AM on October 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Not to bury the lead, but, that may have happened.
The New York City Filming Locations of The Warriors – Part 1

Come out and play, Mefits.
Lets get down to it, boppers.

Which is not to say this post isn't amazing, I am sure, if one grew up with this version of Monopoly.
Mine ran from Old Kent Road to Mayfair.
posted by Mezentian at 6:57 AM on October 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


I miss the squalid dingy AC of my youth. Everything behind the casinos was squalor. We called AC "Newark by the shore"
posted by Renoroc at 7:13 AM on October 1, 2013


I feel like I've been overpaying for New York Ave. all my life.
posted by holmesian at 7:29 AM on October 1, 2013


When I was flat-hunting, I kept suggesting we looked on the Old Kent Road, as it was only £60 . NEVER GOT OLD.
posted by mippy at 7:37 AM on October 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


A flat there is £170k now, though.
posted by mippy at 7:38 AM on October 1, 2013


I also played the British version until coming to the US. It was years before I stopped calling Boardwalk Mayfair.
posted by reenum at 7:45 AM on October 1, 2013


Good luck finding the Reading RR.
posted by MtDewd at 7:54 AM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I want to see the beauty contest with the $10 first prize.

Hmm, it's twice that in town.
posted by yoink at 8:11 AM on October 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


jabah: "zarq, that Monopoly is Theft link is so interesting! And so typical when it comes to received truth versus historical truth."

It's fascinating, isn't it? Even the history of the game itself can be viewed as a metaphor for America's obsession with capitalism.

By the way, (in case anyone's interested) Henry George's Progress and Poverty is available in a bunch of formats from the Internet Archive, and they even have it as an audiobook.
posted by zarq at 8:24 AM on October 1, 2013


I want to hang a Monopoly card outside of my house.

I do have a large framed one hanging inside my house. You come visit me, it'll cost you 50 bucks.
posted by JanetLand at 8:25 AM on October 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


JanetLand: "I do have a large framed one hanging inside my house. You come visit me, it'll cost you 50 bucks."

...must...not...comment
posted by jquinby at 8:51 AM on October 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty certain, though being English a lot of flies over my head, that many of these get mentioned in Boardwalk Empire

I used to know someone who did the Monopoly pub crawl in London (well half of it) for their stag night.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:59 AM on October 1, 2013


The residential streets look absolutely charming; except for the purple properties. It is disappointing to see the number of huge land mass casinos in Atlantic City. It appears that Atlantic City has quite a history.

There were beautiful hotels, elegant restaurants, and convenient transportation, but the businessmen of Atlantic City had one big problem to contend with...SAND. It was everywhere, from the train cars to the hotel lobbies. In 1870, Alexander Boardman, a conductor on the Atlantic City-Camden Railroad, was asked to think up a way to keep the sand out of the hotels and rail cars. Boardman, along with a hotel owner Jacob Keim, presented an idea to City Council. In 1870, and costing half the town's tax revenue that year, an eight foot wide wooden foot walk was built from the beach into town. This first Boardwalk, which was taken up during the winter, was replaced with another larger structure in 1880.
posted by JujuB at 9:35 AM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lets get down to it, boppers.

I salute you, gumshoe.
posted by entropone at 9:45 AM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Renoroc: I miss the squalid dingy AC of my youth. Everything behind the casinos was squalor. We called AC "Newark by the shore".

We used to visit my grandfather who used to live on Arizona Ave up until casino gaming was legalized. We used to call AC "Camden by the sea".
posted by Rob Rockets at 11:34 AM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


What a fun post! Thank you!
posted by Lynsey at 2:33 PM on October 1, 2013


I miss the squalid dingy AC of my youth. Everything behind the casinos was squalor. We called AC "Newark by the shore".

You don't have to miss it. It's still there.

AC has done a solid job of attracting high-end shopping to wrap around its casino layer, but the casinos themselves have been hurt badly by the semi-legalization of gambling in Pennsylvania -- including three casinos within thirty minutes of Center City Philadelphia. The newest casino build in AC -- Revel -- barely stood a year before going Chapter 11. There is still a lot of desperate poverty to be had within AC's city limits, and with the teetering of the local tourism industry, things aren't going in a positive direction.

Nonetheless, it's still nice to AC shown in such a positive light -- this photo spread really brings out the best in the city.
posted by workingdankoch at 2:35 PM on October 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I used to live on Vine Street. There's not much going on there. Even the protesters on a May Day Monopoly Board crawl couldn't find a reason to stop off there and yell a few slogans.
posted by John Shaft at 9:09 PM on October 1, 2013


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