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Bawlmer (Baltimore)

"Bawler, my Bawlmer." Titling this Mapuccino "Believe" spawned some heated debates. Some are tired of the slogan, first introduced by Mayor Martin O'Malley in 2002. Others think it's still relevant. There's always been a yearning for this city to "be more" (no pun intended) and that's what I hope this reflects: With such a rich diversity of neighborhoods, what would it look like if they were all connected to a "real" transit system? The sad reality is that the city is often overlooked, most recently when Governor Larry Hogan scrapped a comprehensive transit plan in favor of a new light rail in the rich suburbs of DC. Despite all of that, this map is dedicated to everyone who still "believes". An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).


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Maryland

I was inspired to design this after I read that Maryland (and DC) were prepared to challenge the POTUS on the emoluments clause. "Strong deeds, gentle words" indeed. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).


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Medford

Our neighbor to the north. No, not Canada. Medford, MA! Jokingly referred to as "Somerville's Somerville", this city is making a name for itself, especially as more artists flock there. Home of Amelia Earhardt, the first gypsy moths, "Jingle Bells", and so much more. "All hail Meffid!" An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Tufts

Just a little something for the neighborhood. Go Tufts! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).


Somerville Robot Boston Robot

Simply put: I love subways, I love robots, and I love my hometowns of Somerville and Boston. It was a match made in heaven. This is a premium print on linen paper and hand embossed. It's 5" square and comes fully matted (at 8" square) for $25 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). If you're in the Boston area, it's also available fully framed and matted (shown above) at Blue Cloud Gallery in Somerville.

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Brunonia

If you went to Brown in the 90s, you probably remember the famous poster about Providence claiming that during the rainy season, it "snows like a bitch". Kind of makes you wish a subway could whisk you from class to class, doesn't it? This Mapuccino is dedicated to my alma mater and depicts a massive transit system connecting all of the buildings on campus. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling).


Somerville

This Mapuccino is dedicated to my adopted hometown, Somerville, MA. Are you a true Somer-"villain"? Can you name all the hills and squares in our little patch of heaven on earth? This will drive them home, and make you long for the day that we actually have more than one T stop in this city! 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!) 11"x17" signed digital prints are also available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Boston

Bostonians are serious about their neighborhoods. Don't dare address an envelope headed to Allston as "Boston" or else it might end up in an alternate galaxy (I'm convinced the Postal Service is capable of this). Whether you live in "Boston Proper", the "City of Boston", or are just a fan from beyond, I know you'll dig my interpretation of a system that binds all of Boston's 'hoods together. And speaking of galaxies, the logo shows a subway car surrounded by 8 planets. Do you know why? 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!). 11"x17" signed digital prints are also available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Cambridge

And for our Cantabrigian friends across the border, "Neighborhoods & Squares of Cambridge". If you've ever used the word 'Cantabrigian' in a sentence before, then this Mapuccino belongs on your wall! 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!) An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Providence

Providence, the "Renaissance City". When I first moved there in 1995, no one called it that. It's changed a lot since then, but it's still dear to heart. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Rhode Island

There's a saying in Rhode Island that if you're giving someone directions, just tell them they'll be there in 45 minutes. You're never that off no matter where they're going. Maybe it is small enough to have its own subway someday! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain (or just "JP") is a city within a city, a fortress with no walls. Just try to drive into it and I bet that one if its winding parkways will spit you right out again before you can say "Kuchamakin"! (...the Massachusett Indian after whom the area was named.) 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!). 11"x17" signed digital prints are also available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Arlington

Arlington, MA. I have a lot of fun learning about towns while designing my maps. Did you know that Uncle Sam was born in Arlington? It's true! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Brookline

Brookline's always been bit different. From its early days as a posh Norfolk County exclave that refused to be absorbed, Bostonians recognize it on a map as the thorn in Boston's side. (Geographically speaking of course!) This Mapuccino was a bit of a challenge because as you move from cities to towns, neighborhoods and landmarks become more fluid. 6"x4.25" glossy cards (blank inside) are available for $3.50 each or $12.50 for a 5-pack (free U.S. shipping + handling!) An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Roslindale

Good ol' Rozzie! An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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India

To call India diverse is an understatement. What better way to illustrate this diversity than through its plethora of spoken languages? This is a Mapuccino of the 29 states and 7 territories of India, each written in its local language. In many states, there is much debate over what exactly the predominant language is. Many languages, particularly in tribal areas, are on a path to extinction. And to complicate matters further, the 29th state of Telangana is currently being formed as you read this! Challenges around every corner, but an honor to design. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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Chicago

Chicago is so BIG. That was my first thought on my first visit many years ago. Coming from a short, crooked, old city like Boston, I was in awe. For this Mapuccino, I focused on the core downtown neighborhoods of Chicago. There are hundreds of neighborhoods beyond these, so I'm sure this won't be my last Chicago-themed design! In case you're curious, the flower inside the logo is a chrysanthemum, a symbol of Chicago. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!


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New Orleans

What is New Orleans? It's a complex city to describe. Of course people think of Mardi Gras and its wild palette of colors: purple, gold, and green (and to a lesser extent red and blue). But what I hope really comes through in this Mapuccino is the richness of New Orleans beyond the French Quarter, in its myriad of neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personality. An 11"x17" signed digital print is available for $15 (plus $5 U.S. shipping + handling). T-Shirts too!

To see a modified version of this map based on Katrina flood data, click here.


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Somerville Motto

A slight diversion from my map-making: this design is a play on Somerville's official motto and an ode to our leftist tendencies this side of the Charles River. Yes, more people recognize our better-looking cousin to the south, affectionately known as the "People's Republic of Cambridge". But in recent years, Somerville has more than made a name for itself. We love biking, the arts, and Prospect Hill (site of the first raising of an American flag, don't ya know). So to the long list of nicknames for our city - "Slummerville", "The Paris of New England" - add one more: "People's Republic of Somerville".


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