It’s no secret that subway maps are mere approx­i­ma­tions of geog­raphy. Designed for max­imum read­ability, they map the subway system onto styl­ized curves and evenly spaced stops. Still, the images of these familiar maps dis­torted by geo­graphic accu­racy are more striking than I even imagined.

These maps were cre­ated by Ben­jamin M. Schmidt, an assis­tant pro­fessor of his­tory at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and a researcher in the dig­ital human­i­ties. Check out the inter­ac­tive ver­sion at his web­site, where you can adjust the trans­parency of the over­laid map while zooming in and out.

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