Saturday, May 19, 2007

No Maps of Urban Boston?

It's amazing that there are no maps on the web showing the ring of smaller (but very urban) cities that ring Boston--like Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, Quincy, Chelsea, Revere, Brookline, etc.--in their proper context.

I'm not looking for a map of "Greater Boston," which includes all the suburbs clear to New Hampshire and Worcester, or a map of "Boston Proper," which includes only neighborhoods in the smallish municipality of Boston.

The municipality of Boston has about 600,000 people, but when you add up the populations of the ringing cities, you find that the urban agglomeration has about 1.2 million people.

However, with no centralized government, planning suffers. And there are no maps on the web that I can use to show my brother neighborhoods he might want to live in.

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