Georgia Removes Nearly 500 Communities from the Map

In an attempt to make the official map “clearer and less cluttered,” the Georgia Department of Transportation has removed 488 communities from that map. The communities were mostly — but not always — “placeholders” with populations under 2,500. That number seems a bit high to me: I’m used to placeholders with, like, two or three houses at most. Where I come from, 2,500 is a reasonably sized small town; it’s also a thousand more than the town I presently live in. Via MapHist.

Previously: Ghost Towns.

Update, 12/11: NPR coverage (via All Points Blog). AP coverage linked above also mirrored at CNN and the Houston Chronicle (via Anything Geospatial, Platial News and Neogeography).