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    [–] Carwed in wood delugetheory 16 points ago in MapPorn

    Unsatisfied with having a wall dividing only the southwestern states from Mexico, in the year 2023, Co-Emperor Trump dredged a large portion of the Gulf of Mexico in order to extend the Great Wall of Trump all the way between Florida and Yucatan. The newly formed island, named Guantanamo 2: Electric Fence-a-loo, would become the site of the controversial Democrat Re-Education Camps, as well as the Bigly Imperial Golf Course. Meanwhile, in the Eastern realm of the Russo-American Empire, Co-Emperor Putin completed the Great Trench separating his territory from the "failing" European Union.

    [–] Google Maps in 1914 [1234x616] delugetheory 989 points ago in MapPorn

    I think it's crazy how history begins with thousands of tribal territories, then spends 5,000 years consolidating into a couple dozen massive world empires, and then a hundred years ago starts slowly bouncing back the other way to nation states.

    [–] Moving Out Of Austin? delugetheory 22 points ago in Austin

    Yeah, the Hill Country has a rugged charm, but mountains, rushing rivers and trees that are actually taller than a house are undeniably awesome.

    [–] Moving Out Of Austin? delugetheory 187 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in Austin

    As someone who wants to move to one of those exact two states:

    • Lack of true wilderness areas or public lands. I love the outdoors, but I hardly go hiking anymore because I end up going home more stressed out than when I left after seeing my beloved natural retreats trampled under ever-growing hordes of careless jerks, unable to escape the thumping bass of bluetooth speakers or the stench of dog poo.

    • A state government that does not represent my values and fights tooth and nail to prevent my city government, which generally does represent my values, from passing laws and ordinances which align with those values.

    • Brutal summers.

    • I moved here when Austin was a slightly overgrown college town (~2000), and I loved sleepy, funky college town Austin. Nothing against folks who love the new big city Austin -- it just ain't my cup of tea.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 8 points ago in MapPorn

    I think this image makes it easier to see how Boston is the closest city to Africa. The inset map shows the result if San Juan, Puerto Rico is included. The larger map does not include San Juan. I had hoped it would satisfy both sides. =)

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 8 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in MapPorn

    I'm afraid Austin put the nail in San Antonio's coffin for having the more international airport a few years ago when the direct flights to Europe started running. In 2017, Austin's airport was the 35th busiest in the nation, while San Antonio's was 44th. San Antonio still has the direct flight to Monterrey, which Austin doesn't, but Austin has Cabos, which San Antonio doesn't. They both go to Toronto, Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun.

    But, hey, in San Antonio you can actually afford to own a home and then just drive 1.5 hours to Austin if you want a direct flight to Europe ;)

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 24 points ago in MapPorn

    It's a pretty sleepy city. It looks like it's the largest US metro not on the GaWC list, followed by Portland and Sacramento. I think those cities suffer from being so close to more dynamic cities (Austin and Houston, in the case of San Antonio; Seattle in the case of Portland; and San Francisco in the case of Sacramento).

    And I mean this as no insult to San Antonio and the others. I live up the road in Austin and I love San Antonio. Portland is my favorite city in the country. But unless you have very specific reasons to visit those cities, they just don't loom that large. San Antonio is still a good bit bigger than Austin, for example, but Austin has a larger economy, is a major tech hub and is home to the premier public university in the state and one of the largest media festivals (SXSW) in the country. San Antonio basically has the Alamo, the Spurs, some military facilities and a couple million really laid back folks. Great place to live, but not a big attention-getter.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 340 points ago in MapPorn

    I was in the middle of replying to another comment, but they deleted it while I was replying. I think it might still be of interest to anyone else who, like me, has a hard time wrapping their head around Boston being closer to Africa than more southern cities.

    Boston is deceptively eastern. I created this map because it's kind of a brain twister when you look at it on a flat, Mercator projection. But if you get a chance to look at it on a globe, it all starts to make sense.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 12 points ago in MapPorn

    Stealing from another comment:

    The boundary between the Seattle region and the Minneapolis region (the one "above MT") converges with the boundary between the Minneapolis region and the Boston region a bit north Svalbard. Sorry it's not visible in the map as posted.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 31 points ago in MapPorn

    The boundary between the Seattle region and the Minneapolis region (the one "above MT") converges with the boundary between the Minneapolis region and the Boston region a bit north Svalbard. Sorry it's not visible in the map as posted.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 63 points ago in MapPorn

    Me too! It's all of the counter-intuitive things like that that made me interested in creating and sharing this map. As it turns out, San Francisco is sufficiently farther west of Los Angeles to have this effect.

    [–] Rough Map of Nearest UK Regional Capitals delugetheory 11 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in MapPorn

    "Dramatically wrong" is right. If anyone is curious, this is what it would actually look like.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (2.0, Revised Based on Your Critiques and Suggestions) [OC] [Still Mercator] delugetheory 202 points ago in MapPorn

    So I created this little number yesterday, and like most maps that I spend about ten minutes on and don't give a whole lot of thought to (as opposed to the ones that I pour hours into that get two upvotes), it was quite popular!

    I really enjoyed reading all of the feedback, and wanted to deliver on r/MapPorn's great suggestions. For the original map, I defined "major cities" as the 100 largest US metro areas. Some folks fairly criticized that choice, so for this map I went with major cities as defined by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC). I'm sure some people will still be unhappy with the inclusion or exclusion of certain cities, but take it up with GaWC, not OP ;)

    There are 30 US cities on the GaWC list, including: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, St. Louis, San Diego, Cleveland, Detroit, San Jose, Phoenix, Austin, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Tampa, Charlotte, Baltimore, Raleigh, Orlando, Columbus and Pittsburgh. For those that requested the inclusion of Puerto Rico, San Juan is ranked as a major city and I included an inset map here showing the result if San Juan is included.

    The main difference between this map and the previous version is that Honolulu's territory, now that Honolulu is not included, is divided up between Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego. If San Juan, Puerto Rico, is included, it knocks out Miami and takes half of Boston's territory in Africa.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (Eastern Hemisphere) [Trigger Warning: Mercator] [OC] delugetheory 506 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in MapPorn

    Thanks! I used this cool little tool and a touch of artistic license + GIMP.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (Eastern Hemisphere) [Trigger Warning: Mercator] [OC] delugetheory 427 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in MapPorn

    I think maybe we're so used to thinking of the Eastern Seaboard/BosWash/Megalopolis on a north-south axis, that we forget that it's also got a good bit of east-west going on. Boston is about 150 miles east of NYC, but only about 125 north.

    [–] Nearest Major U.S. City (Eastern Hemisphere) [Trigger Warning: Mercator] [OC] delugetheory 739 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in MapPorn

    Ah, good catch -- I probably should have said "Metropolitan Areas" in the title, not "Cities." I went with the 100 largest metros (since municipal populations are so variable, and often give no indication of the actual "majorness" of a city; for example the municipality of Jacksonville, Florida, is larger than the municipality of San Francisco, while San Francisco is obviously a far larger metro and more "major" city). The Honolulu metro is more than twice the size of the Anchorage metro.

    Edit: Hijacking my own comment to provide a link to a revised version of this map that I hope addresses all of the awesome critiques and suggestions in this thread.