Untapped-Cities-Scale-Comparison-Map-Manhattan-1Manhattan visits Chicago

It’s Fourth of July weekend and Manhattanites are fleeing the city in search peace and quiet, clean air, and fireworks with reasonably accessible bathroom options. But what if the city itself took a long weekend for travel? Where would Manhattan go on vacation? Bill Rankin, the cartographer behind RadicalCartography.net, gives us some ideas… which also happen to serve as surprising and compelling scale comparisons.

Rankin’s own description of his maps comments on the strange effects of these comparisons:

Inspired a bit by Rem Koolhaas’s Floating Pool project, I wondered what would happen if Manhattan itself decided to take a tour of the oceans, stopping at other cities to refuel and have a good time. Overwhelmed by Los Angeles’ vastness, Manhattan decides to stay offshore, while it snuggles in close and completely overwhelms Boston (and inadvertently obliterates Logan airport).

Untapped-Cities-Scale-Comparison-Map-Manhattan-3Manhattan visits San Francisco

Radical Cartography-Manhattan-BostonManhattan visits Boston

Manhattan visits Los Angeles

Untapped-Cities-Scale-Comparison-Map-Manhattan-4Manhattan visits Door County, Wisconsin

Untapped-Cities-Scale-Comparison-Map-Manhattan-6Manhattan visits Philadelphia

For more of Bill Rankin’s maps visit RadicalCartography.net.

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