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The Reemergence of the Islands of SF

January 10, 2013

Being a grumpy old man, I am not on the Face-book, but it seems that my “Islands of San Francisco” neighborhood map is being “liked” by the kids. Flattering to watch it circulate!

Take this opportunity to obtain a lovely physical copy of this map for a very affordable $20 over on Zazzle.

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Look at the detail! And no streets to argue over! I mean, I’d easily lay down some platinum coins for this.

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It can be seen on the walls of many a discerning San Franciscan.

For full effect, I recommend getting a version that’s at least two-thirds of your height.

If you WANT to pay more money, I can help. A reader bugged me to make a version available on Zazzle’s wrapped canvas option. I had never considered this, but turned out to be pretty damn awesome.

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It’s not cheap, but neither is matting and framing. And you also get the satisfaction of imagining that Zazzle accidentally sent you a pizza.

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Just keep your eye open for Zazzle discount codes.

I’ve had a couple of requests to reproduce it — if you go to the SFAR building on the corner of Grove & Franklin, you can see a rather giant version in their entryway.

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If anyone wants to put this on the side of a building or trace it out in the desert, I’m game — ping me on Twitter!

And let us not forget the inspiration for my map, @optshiftk‘s lovely diagram of Seattle, also available for sale on Zazzle.

Seattle on a Sheet

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2013 2:04 pm

    Great. I’ll take it in a different colorway. Here’s one of my favorite palette inspirations.
    Let me know what you can do. http://pinterest.com/pin/105693922475931275/

  2. January 10, 2013 2:07 pm

    I would never want to fuck with your artistic vision, but have you ever considered doing versions in other colors? Like, maybe, varying shades of a single color? I think that would look great! P.S. My dad has The Facebook and he is 70.

    • January 10, 2013 3:09 pm

      Hmm, lemme see what I can come up with. Any colors in particular?

      I’d really to to figure out a laser-etched version. That could be sweet.

  3. December 17, 2013 1:07 am

    I just might be the miscreant who cropped your original map from ~2010. I just wanted the various ‘hoods to be legible scaled down to fit my narrow-columned blog. At your request, I just updated the image I was using on my blog to the latest version (which, I might add, is kind of fuzzy compared to the old 800px wide PNG). Anyways, love the map, and frequently refer new-to-SF folks to it.

    • December 17, 2013 1:21 am

      Ha! No worries, totally understand the width thing. Let me look at the image quality tomorrow and see what I can do. Thanks though, I get a steady stream of traffic from you — you have a great collection of neighborhood maps there.

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