Mapping things out

Friday, September 5, 2014

Northside Map

The humidity wasn’t going to stop me from learning how to put up big prints up outside today. After seeing folks re-hanging the Shepard Fairey mural as part of Cincy Summer Streets in Northside, I was motivated to give it a try.

Armed with wheat paste, some large format maps of the neighborhood, and permission to use the boarded up windows on a future establishment, I was all set. (Hat tip to Phipps Reprographics for making the XL prints)

Halfway through the job a fella stopped and asked where to get a good cup of coffee. I drew a path through the paste, “We’re here and Sidewinder is just up and to your left.” He thanked me and headed on.

Students walked by and one pointed to a street and said, “That’s where I live.”

A woman waiting for the bus asked me what all the stuff on the map was and I said they were businesses. “There’s so much happening.” She said.

I designed this map when I moved into the neighborhood and had an open house. It happened during Second Saturdays and I wanted to give friends an easy way to explore Northside to shop and eat. (And maybe I didn’t want to make hors d’oeuvres.) Now it’s this thing I update every month as businesses shift and whatnot. It is pretty exciting to see how much things are changing and growing.

For all the pixels I push around throughout the day, getting my hands dirty and seeing folks interact with something in the world is a very special thing.

  • A hat tip to the folks at World Cup for letting me use their wall.
  • Thanks to Phipps Reprographics for the fine and affordable prints.
  • If you want to zoom in, click on businesses or download a PDF, feel free to explore.
  • Got a spare wall? I’ve got a handful of prints left over. Hit me up.
  • Also, that Porsche is rad. (Not mine, but one can dream.)