This is exactly how I picture SF neighborhoods in my head. The “canals” make neighborhoods seem much further than they really are. In the Twin Cities or even Los Angeles, I wouldn’t have thought twice about going a couple of miles. In San Francisco, though, it seems to take a lot more planning and ambition. Two miles? That’s nearly a third of the city!
The second has seen a lot of press lately and is one of the maps from the Geotagger’s World Atlas by Eric Fischer:
This map represents Flickr photos taken around the city. Using the photos’ timestamps and geotags, Fischer could determine where and at what speed the photographers were traveling – black lines represent speeds less than 7 mph (walking), red is less than 19 mph (biking), blue is less than 43 mph (motoring), and green is faster (jetpacking) – all plotted on an OpenStreetMap base layer.
Eric Fischer is responsible for another great San Francisco map, A day of Muni, according to NextBus:
This map uses the same color scheme to show average speeds of Muni vehicles over 24 hours. Data was pulled from the SFMTA website.
This fourth map was created by my colleague, Tim Sinnot over at The Swordpress:
And finally, the much discussed Paramount Studio map of California’s geographical facsimiles:
While this map isn’t focused on San Francisco, I still thought it was worth including in this post. Look how close we are to the Sudan Desert! This really makes me want to drive around California, shooting home movies. Who’s in?