The Maps That Make Us

CityLab has launched The Maps That Make Us, a series of personal essays about the power of maps in our lives. Laura Bliss explains the premise of the series here, and kicks things off with this essay comparing the Thomas Guides of her childhood with the ubiquity—and diversity—of navigation apps today.

Previously: The Rise and Fall of the Thomas Guide.

Author: Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room. His essays and reviews have been published by AE, Calafia, The New York Review of Science Fiction, the Ottawa Citizen, Strange Horizons and He lives in Shawville, Quebec.