Mile One: Sacramento, CA

This is the first map of the OSM project. I chose this one deliberately because it was one of the tutorials used by Geoff Boeing over at his blog. We must credit where we begin our journeys and his tools have started me off right. 

This is a square mile of Sacramento, California. Its center is 38.586898, -121.374378.

Sacramento by Kip Perdue is licensed under a creative commons attribution-share alike 4.0 international license

Sacramento by Kip Perdue is licensed under a creative commons attribution-share alike 4.0 international license

This is the paper cut map version. I've worked out many of the kinks in the process of getting the map into so many different formats so I can draw and cut it, I cannot quite make the streets exactly the same in the drawing for the cut out, which leads to a slightly more organic nature than I want, so I'll see if I can reduce this in future maps. Still, one mile of Sacramento is nicely spaced out. Lots of space. 

Sacramento cut by hand

Sacramento cut by hand

Because I extracted this map from Open Street Map using the instructions provided by Geoff Boeing I didn't really have any idea where in Sacramento it was located. After I was done cutting it I wanted to know what was around it. I guessed it was probably a suburban area. The cul-de-sac usually gives that away as very few central parts of cities are composed of anything so unconnected. The large open spaces are also indicative of a shaped suburbia. I spent some time scanning over all the streets in Sacramento to find exactly where this was. When I did find it, the subdivision is called Arden Park Vista and intriguingly the section next to it, Arden Manor, would also make an interesting map. They look like someone chose tiles with varying streets and just randomly assigned them next to each other. Still, I think Castec Dr, which greatly resembled a basketball to me while drawing and cutting is the most intriguing of the features here. Looking at the satellite view, there is no topographical feature that would account for the road shape. 

 
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