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doesn't anyone use maps anymore ?

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 07:50:20 AM EST
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They are from the U.S. Have you ever tried to use a U.S. map for anything than the highway system? I've biked in Westchester County, NY and further upstate, using the Hagstrom maps, trying to avoid the main roads. Lots of roads on these maps are nonexistent (or no longer existent?), or are private roads, with no indication on the map. On one occasion, I even took a road through the West Point base (no indication on the map that it was a military road), as the alternative would have been a long way away.

There's a rumour that the maps are kept intentionally inaccurate, to catch copyright violations, but I've no idea if there is any truth to that.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 08:01:56 AM EST
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Oh, I had no idea. I had a street map of LA County when I was out there and that worked fine.

I just multimap anyplace I want to go.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 10:48:26 AM EST
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There's a rumour that the maps are kept intentionally inaccurate, to catch copyright violations

I can confirm that, but the cartographer who explained that said it's in rather minor details (say, three roads meet like an Y in reality, but on the map, it looks like the top left one connects with a curve up to the top right one).

I don't know what's up with US maps, but I have a similar opinion. The only good maps are USGS maps (for detail; though often dated) and old National Geographic maps (for overview). About the latter, it's ridiculous that even while NatGeo is fighting for saving geography education, its maps over the 30 years I have (not all) issues from have become progressively more glossy and less detailed.

However, the Grid Deficiency Syndrome™ I meant comes from living in rectangular grid layout cities. Where I would get lost, one corner being like any others. This came up earlier on ET (can't find it), when it was explained to me that one shouldn't look at the unique look of local street geometry but at street numbering/lettering.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 11:27:35 AM EST
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One European city that I found surprisingly confusing was Mannheim, which is of course laid out on a grid. I think the problem was that because it looks so simple, I stopped paying attention, and let my NY instincts take over. But because the blocks, and not the streets, are numbered, that doesn't work.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 11:40:20 AM EST
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