Spelling out Boston's neighborhoods

Ork Design has come up with an interesting map of Boston's neighborhoods (via Pinkergreen):

Typographical Boston



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        I have been wanting one of these for weeks and hadn't noticed that flip. Maybe I was too busy wishing for colors other than the ones offered (black and white? for Boston?). Poster's been sold out for a while; redesign in works, maybe?

        Allston and Brighton aren't on this map

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        They've used Allston/Brighton. Look at how they separate all the other neighborhoods. They've given up on figuring out exactly where the border between the two is located. Just like every Bostonian who doesn't live in either Allston or Brighton.


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        Well, one could make a similar argument about the splitting of Dorchester into North and South, which (Charles, correct me here) is a legacy of the bad old segregationist days when the city arbitrarily split the neighborhood map to make clear where the "good" people lived.

        Or one could realize that, perhaps, one is reading way too much into what is basically a good poster/t-shirt idea. I lived in Brighton for 12 years, so I can tell you roughly, where Brighton ends and Allston begins on Allston Street, but I never once got upset at somebody referring to "Allston/Brighton" or even, as this maps puts it, "Brighton/Allston" (see the Brighton Allston Historic Society, which sort of makes sense given that Allston grew out of Brighton).


        Sure, this poster is not intended to be a faithful representation of neighborhood boundaries. But most people would agree that Allston is east and Brighton is west, regardless of where the exact boundary lies. Since the poster has both names on it, it would have made more sense to reverse them.