quote 20:16:11 As the mental maps of each of the islands grew, they started to merge together and the islands of London metaphor began to gradually fade away. Eventually, I switched to a small shirt-pocket sized map of inner London and left my islands of London map book at the hotel.
quote 17:46:32 Due to sensitivities over government and military installations, only 11 companies in China have licenses to do comprehensive mapping, and half of those simply exist to support the government.
quote 22:02:00 London above ground is a terrifically complex and chaotic entity with few visible principles of organization. London under ground, in contrast, has been represented for over seventy years as an organized, understandable and navigable city, by paying no mind to the city’s actual, unmanageable geography.
Janet Vertesi in Mind The Gap: The ‘Tube Map’ as London’s User Interface (PDF). The whole thing is well worth a read. (Hat tip: the Human Transit blog.)
quote 21:49:42 For those of us who have grown up in the reassuring embrace of grid-patterned streets that run straight and don’t change names every two blocks, Old World cities like London — recently declared the most confusing city in the world by a 12,500-person Nokia Maps survey — present huge challenges.
Alex Hutchinson in “Global Impositioning Systems”, in The Walrus.
quote 17:35:49 The rush to online mapping is causing some problems. Studies by the British Cartographic Society show that high-tech maps get the user from Point A to Point B but leave off traditional features such as historical landmarks, government buildings and cultural institutions; this could lead to a loss of cultural and geographic literacy.