Notes Antic Disposition

The Seduction of Maps

Illustrations and musings on the unbuilt expressways of Manhattan, the ubiquity of Google maps and the legacy of Robert Moses:

What you need to be aware of when you are looking at a map is how it lies to you; it is a seductress. You think because it represents reality you can better understand reality, which is true only to a point. But when combined with the power and ambition of Robert Moses the maps seduction warped him and let him think that a line across the map represented far less chaos and destruction than he perceived.

Andrew Lynch