Jo Guldi writes a fascinating entry
about social engineering and geography in the 1970's. "The geographers located answers in American zones of isolation and hopelessness. Bill Bunge organized his fellow professors into the Detroit Geographical Expedition, leading frequent trips to document the slums of Detroit and later Toronto. Their findings were equally provocative. In 1968, the Society published a map entitled “Where Commuters Run Over Black Children on the Pointes-Downtown Track.
” Life and death, they argued, were not merely the commodities available to any hard-working American, but hung upon the thread of a special kind of privilege, the privilege of safe territory." Guldi
is a historian at the Harvard Society of Fellows. [more inside]
posted by cashman
on Feb 12, 2010 -
Hadji Muhiddin Piri Ibn Hadji Mehmed, ( 1465–1554/5) was an Ottoman-Turkish Admiral, Privateer, Geographer and Cartographer more commonly known as Piri Reis. In 1521 he finished his Kitab-I Bahriye
or Book of Navigation
This is an exquisite C17th - C18th revised and expanded version.
( scroll down and click the icons which can then be magnified.
Marvel at the gold leaf and coloring of the map of the Bay of Salonica
or the wonderful map of Rhodes
( click addittional information button below map to get further information.
However Piri Reis is more famously known for this map
dated 1513 which is one of the oldest surviving maps to show the Americas. In the marginalia
are the accounts of the pioneer seamen who have taken part in the discovery of the places shown on the map.
Piri Reis at The Map Room
posted by adamvasco
on Nov 27, 2009 -
Looking to found your own Independent Republic of Metastan? Land is hard to come by,
and barring sudden volcanic activity
they're not making any more of it. The Law of the Sea (1982)
says that the ocean can't be claimed, and Outer Space Treaty of 1967 puts the moon off-limits.
But your fledgling nation still has a couple of choices of unclaimed land parcels:
between Egypt and Sudan,
and Marie Byrd Land (lower left)
in Antarctica. [more inside]
posted by echo target
on Nov 13, 2009 -
Theme Park Maps
showcases those hand-drawn brochures that showed where the roller coasters and bumper cars were at your favorite theme park.
posted by Wild_Eep
on Nov 11, 2009 -
Ride the City
maps the best or safest urban bicycle route from point A to B. Presently featuring multi-lingual maps from New York, Chicago, Austin, Louisville, San Diego, and Seattle. Their blog
posts updates about new cities added to the grid, or other topics relating to urban bicycling.
posted by netbros
on Oct 29, 2009 -
's aim is to provide genealogists, students and historians with free access to high quality scans of rare and beautiful antique maps and views. The site displays a variety of highly collectable 18th and 19th century maps and plans of London
and the British Isles
... [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy
on Sep 14, 2009 -
is an interactive map system for the bible, which is great for visualising where certain biblical events are said to have occured. It's also great for people who don't subscribe to any kind of organised religion but do like looking at maps (like me!).
posted by Effigy2000
on Jun 14, 2009 -
Have you ever wondered what New York was like before it was a city? Find out at The Mannahatta Project
, by navigating through the map to discover Manhattan Island and its native wildlife in 1609. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jun 4, 2009 -
The Cartography of Recession. Act I, The Collapse: Slate
's interactive map of vanishing jobs by county
, The Fed's maps of subprime mortgages
, USA Today
's housing bubble maps
, Gini coefficients by state
, budget deficits and foreclosures
from CNN. Act II, Intervention: The data of Stimuluswatch
, and expected job gains by state
, while newspapers
and the auto industry
die. Act III, the Future: A terrific interactive map
from the Atlantic
(and accompanying article
) hints at the future, showing the evolving patterns of population flows (also see the amazing New York Times immigration map
), innovation, and income by city over time.
posted by blahblahblah
on Apr 19, 2009 -
tracks U.S. newspaper layoffs and buyouts. Roughly 24,000 jobs lost in 2008-09. It includes all newspaper jobs, from editor to ad rep, reporter to marketing, copy editor to pressman, design to carrier, and anyone else who works for a newspaper. Mapped
papers that have closed or stopped publishing a print edition.
posted by netbros
on Apr 15, 2009 -