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Putting the Spring in Springfield
October 12, 2010 8:22 AM   Subscribe


 
If only there were some relevant witty quip to employ.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:26 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


"The Simpson's hometown"? I thought this was going to be about Portland. Why not just say "Springfield"?
posted by ethnomethodologist at 8:27 AM on October 12, 2010


Sorta previously
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:27 AM on October 12, 2010


Is this where I'm a viking?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:29 AM on October 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


Why not just say "Springfield"?
Because theres one in every state, and the post wouldn't be as descriptive
posted by wheelieman at 8:30 AM on October 12, 2010


Oh boy. You made my Simpson obsessed husband's day.
posted by bearwife at 8:30 AM on October 12, 2010


Wait, where's Sprooklyn?
posted by jeffamaphone at 8:34 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Isn't Springfield Nuclear's parking lot supposed to end just beyond the Simpson's backyard?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:38 AM on October 12, 2010 [5 favorites]


And now my pedantic dick observation:

The Stonecutters episode suggests that the Springfield Nuclear Power plant has a parking lot that extends all the way to Evergreen Terrace. Also, there is no highway in view that Homer would apparently need to take to get to work.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:39 AM on October 12, 2010


robocop is bleeding: Isn't Springfield Nuclear's parking lot supposed to end just beyond the Simpson's backyard?

I think for this map to work properly you need to view it as a sort Al Jaffe Mad Fold-in.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:42 AM on October 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


Wouldn't we all prefer not to have the Simpsons thrust into the limitations of real-world schematics (...and physics, and geography)?
posted by adamms222 at 8:43 AM on October 12, 2010


It's kinda like trying to make a map of the Planet Express ship: the layout's changed so many times, accuracy would be impossible. I mean, isn't the graveyard right outside Lisa's bedroom window? Either way, it's a hell of a map / town.
posted by Lorin at 8:49 AM on October 12, 2010


Springfeild is bigger on the inside.
posted by The Whelk at 8:53 AM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


It's pretty awesome for someone to have done this, but good god, that's a very ugly map.
posted by carbide at 9:01 AM on October 12, 2010


Pfft, can't be that detailed, I mean they still list 743 Evergreen Terrace as Former President Bush's house.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 9:05 AM on October 12, 2010


I remember an old map of Springfield, quite possibly put out in whatever the Simpsons magazine was at the time (I subscribe in elementary school) that had the river running east-west. When I moved to Portland years later, the map looked oddly familiar, if rotated 90 degrees.

Of course, I can't find a thing on google, so I'm starting to wonder if I imagined the whole thing.
posted by Hactar at 9:06 AM on October 12, 2010


Where's the Only Bridge Out of Town?
posted by Capt. Renault at 9:11 AM on October 12, 2010


This doesn't even make any sense. Every major location is ridiculously close together. Did they tear down King Toot's music shop so Moe could have a parking lot?
posted by anazgnos at 9:14 AM on October 12, 2010


Where's the sweatshop?
posted by davejay at 9:22 AM on October 12, 2010


Clearly a labor of love.
posted by crunchland at 9:22 AM on October 12, 2010


Hasn't this map been circulating for some time now? I was expecting something new. Where's the Street View map of Springfield?
posted by howling fantods at 9:26 AM on October 12, 2010


This is simply amazing!
posted by bitteroldman at 9:27 AM on October 12, 2010


WHAT? No GPS coordinates? EPIC MAP FAIL!
posted by blue_beetle at 10:02 AM on October 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I remember buying that crappy CDROM thinking they would have the whole town in 3-D, and they did, but it was prerendered for intros and cutscenes. Yargh.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:06 AM on October 12, 2010


The church was also next to Moe's in the movie. The show has always valued humour over continuity. More effort should have gone into making the map look nice than a futile attempt at being complete.
posted by Gary at 10:24 AM on October 12, 2010


I am, of course, reading all criticisms in the Comic Book Guy's voice.
posted by Zed at 11:26 AM on October 12, 2010 [3 favorites]


Alec! Alec! Regarding that so-called "silent propulsion system" in The Hunt For Red October - I printed out a list of technical errors which I think you would enjoy discussing!
posted by gompa at 11:55 AM on October 12, 2010


From a once a month or so The Simpsons viewer: Brilliant!!
posted by drogien at 12:44 PM on October 12, 2010


That’s a lot of infrastructure for a town that has, what like about a hundred or so citizens.

Does that guy Gil work in every store in town?
posted by Widepath at 1:17 PM on October 12, 2010


Using the Harvard student Speingfield map, I tried to recreate Springfield in Simcity 4 . I was impressed by the thought put into it, not to be consistent with every episode, but to show a realistic town development, you had the louche old downtown near the port near the shiny new casino, the respectable city center surrounded by residential blocks, the "old towne" tourist area with the convention center and the local ethnic ghetto, with the slums and big chain stores out beyond the highway which cut the city in half. Very realistic I thought, to how a prosperous but not terribly importNt provincial capital would be laid out. I kept trying to recreate it in Simcity 4 but it fell apart unless I cheated so hard I committed deadly sins.

Then I realized I was using a toy machine to make a toy based based on the possible layout of another fake city and then I stopped.
posted by The Whelk at 2:42 PM on October 12, 2010


I'm guessing the Springfield from space link is supposed to not work on purpose..??
posted by maortiz at 4:12 PM on October 12, 2010


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