geoLibro

2006.July.20

Would This Have Changed ‘Manhattan Distance’?

Filed under: Maps & Cartography — geoLibro @ 3:17 pm

In the July 2, 2006 New York Times (What? I’ve been busy moving across the country), Sam Roberts’ “City of Angles” briefs the history of the Manhattan grid design. The part I liked the most is where one official contemplated “whether they should adopt some of those supposed improvements, by circles, ovals and stars,
which certainly embellish a plan, whatever may be their effects as to convenience and utility.” I suppose it would be irresponsible of me to retroactively vote for that plan, if for no other reason than I would like to see how it would look on a map (and would secretly like to see a little of the resulting chaos on the ground). Problem is, it would make GIS a little harder if we were all having to calculate using what I imagine would be called Parisian Distance.

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