Isochrone maps old and new

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We’re looking at “walkscores” this week as part of a little assignment. Note that the walkscore.com website includes travel time maps, which show how far you can get in any direction from a particular address in a given amount of time. Maps based on this idea of isochrony go back at least to the 1880s, and sometimes covered whole countries or the world, as described in this Atlas Obscura article: “Traveling Back in Time With Colorful Isochrone Maps.” Contemporary maps based on the same principle are helpful tools for urban commuters today. Check out the cool maps in this Washington Post piece: “Leaving Town at Rush Hour? Here’s How Far You’re Likely to Get from America’s Largest Cities.”

Brand new Chinese ghost towns

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We’re talking about New Towns this weeks. Here are some examples of how to do it badly – whole new cities built from scratch in China with hardly anyone living in them.

Here’s another story along the same lines: the Chinese government built a replica of Paris that is now mostly abandoned.

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And here’s one more article about these places; the author says the Chinese New Towns are sparsely populated, but certainly not empty, and the term “ghost town” is an exaggeration.