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The Lost Subways of North America: Boston, Kansas City and Toronto
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all. I've resolved to turn this project into a book, and so you'll be seeing more of these. The latest maps: Toronto, 1985 Toronto's subway system expansion stalled in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Money was short, the densest parts of the Greater Toronto Area were adequately served by the Yonge and Bloor subways, and the Toronto Transit Commission was experimenting with maglev lines to satisfy the rapid transit needs of the suburbs. (The result of the ultimately unsuccessful maglev was the Scarborough RT, now known as Line 3.) After maglev petered out, the Progressive Conservative Party...
I talked to the Detroit Metro Times about my map of the Detroit freeways.
I talked to Lee DeVito of the Detroit Metro Times about my map of the Detroit freeways. Check it out here: https://www.metrotimes.com/the-scene/archives/2018/11/14/heres-what-detroits-freeways-would-look-like-as-a-subway-map
I was interviewed by Hoodline about my cable car map.
I was interviewed by Will Callan of Hoodline about my map of the old pre-earthquake cable car system in San Francisco. Check out the interview here!
A new thing I thought of: plot diagrams.
The newest concept I've come up with is using the visual language of subway maps to show how a plot goes forward. It's a simple and elegant way of how to reduce the plot of a story to its essentials. The first ones that I've put together were of the Star Wars original trilogy. I've since extended it to cover how much I enjoy the theater, by adding a few of my favorite plays to the collection. Check them out here!