I couldn’t resist it. I wanted to see how fast my new computer could churn out a map. My old iMac would process a map in about 6 hours if left alone, but it usually ended up being about 10 hours per map. My new MacBook made this map in 3 hours flat. This is great news! I can now make multiple maps per day! I doubt I will, but it’s the fact that from imagery acquisition, tessellation, rendering, and post processing the entire process to make a map is now down to about 5 hours or less. Compared to the 10-15 hours of yesteryear, this is a huge leap forward, and I’m excited about what will be next.
A few weeks ago my friend Lynda was over at my house and we were sharing our formative geographies. As she was scrolling over to her family’s house in Portland, Oregon, she passed by Ladd’s Addition and I stopped her to find out more about that location. Like Park La Brea, the layout is geometric and I couldn’t help but make a mental note that I was going to revisit that locale again.
After doing some cursory research, I found that the layout was created by nineteenth century Mayor of Portland, William Sargent Ladd, and modelled after, of all places, Washington, DC. This will be the 3rd map that was inspired by L’Enfant- the other two are the ones of Indianapolis, Indiana (which were designed by his apprentice Alexander Ralston). I might make a derivative map, not sure yet. I just got Oakland’s central business district…..