Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, February 08, 2024

New York City Subway Map, 1951, inset as part of the Esso Gas Station Road Map for New York City, 1951

I thought the Esso road map from London was the only "gas station" map that included a subway map

It turns out, NYC too.  And, I'm going to have to do further research because it's possible that the NYC map with subway information was published earlier than the Esso London map.

Both produced by Esso's map division, General Drafting Co.  

That division also produced subway exclusive maps for banks and other organizations in New York City.

It's possible that a gas station map includes rail transit information for Chicago, Paris or Montreal, although the Montreal system didn't open until 1966. I'll research that every so often.

-- "When Maps Reflected Romance of the Road," New York Times

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