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November 04, 2007

Subway Nerd Nirvana

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Blogging will continue to be a little light from me because I'll be on the road most of this week.

This afternoon's event was a 2Blowhards staff meeting during which Michael and I plotted world domination or better grammer in my blog posts or something or other. At the same time, Nancy and The Wife were having their meeting -- concerning what, I dare not guess.

Following that, Nancy and I returned to downtown [CENSORED] where in a gift shop I spied the following book.


Even though it was first published in 2003 (under a different title) I hadn't stumbled upon Transit Maps of the World until now; perhaps that's because the expanded, retitled Penguin edition appeared this year.

So far I only thumbed through the book while Nancy was finishing her shopping. What I saw looked fascinating: page after page of those London Underground-style map/diagrams for transit systems in places ranging from Paris to Athens to Atlanta. In addition to the maps are text and some photos.

Besides being grist for folks interested in urban geography and transportation, the maps might be helpful when doing preliminary trip planning.

I'll dig into the book more deeply soon, and let you know if it fails to match these first impressons.



posted by Donald at November 4, 2007


Many people consider London's Underground (subway) map to be a work of art. It certainly goes far beyond the merely utilitarian into the realm of the esthetic.

Posted by: Peter on November 5, 2007 9:41 AM

Allow me to commend the elegant sufficiency that is the Glasgow Subway map.

Posted by: dearieme on November 5, 2007 3:12 PM

Blowhards for world domination! Yay!

Posted by: Alice Bachini on November 7, 2007 4:38 PM

Blowhards for world domination, yay!

And that book looks amazing, thanks for posting about it.

Posted by: Alice Bachini-Smith on November 7, 2007 4:41 PM

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