Decline of the Road Map

This article, which appeared in Friday’s Vancouver Sun, offers a paean to old highways maps and bemoans — but does not provide concrete examples of — their modern-day equivalents: “[T]oday’s pale spectres provide us with little more than stock photographs, easy-to-follow directions, estimated time between cities and an egalitarian listing of roadside attractions.” Via Cartography.

Official provincial highway maps (see previous entry) seem to be harder to find, less frequently updated, and less artistic than they used to be: I remember when Alberta started charging for theirs, and when Manitoba changed their system over to something far less elegant (probably when they changed over to something GIS-based).