Map Monday: Places and Non-Places in Phoenix

This is from a recent post on the Strong Towns blog, a kind of figure-ground map of “places” and “non-places” in downtown Pheonix.

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Not only does this map remind me of the famous Nolli map of Rome, it seems to rhyme with Nate Hood’s map of parking in downtown Saint Paul. To me the concept of “place” is useful, if flawed. To some people a “non-place” might be very important (e.g. a skateboarder might see a marginal concrete space under a freeway as very valuable).  But as one person’s view of where value can be found, a map like this is revealing.

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2 Responses to Map Monday: Places and Non-Places in Phoenix

  1. Joe Totten October 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    What color is which? Is red for Stroads/Parking?

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke October 21, 2014 at 6:29 am #

      red = stuff where no meaningful human interactions can possibly occur

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