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Portland Bakery Map

This map of Portland bakeries was first unveiled in February 2011. It's a bit of an experiment since no streets are labeled. In order to work on a letter size page, there's not much room for street names. However the general neighborhood centers should be evident -- for instance Alberta Street has a fabulous cluster of bakeries. A word about the parameters for choosing what is shown... I thought the map should be about baked items, which leaves out chocolatiers and ice creameries and candy stores for another map.

Announcing the updated and expanded One City's Wilderness book

One City’s Wilderness

Portland’s Forest Park

Third Edition
Marcy Cottrell Houle
Maps by Erik Goetze

Situated in the rugged hills west of Portland, Oregon, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and the only city wilderness park in the United States. The park is home to hundreds of native plants and animals and offers more than eighty miles of trails--all within minutes of downtown Portland.

Portland Chocolate map updated

It's sad to have to remove Sahagun and See's off the map as they are no longer there. The "chocolate map" is a postcard map that I created Feb 12, 2007. I had noticed that there was practically a chocolate district spanning the Pearl and Downtown, and I thought it would be fun to propose a "Chocolate district walk" whereby you can visit all of them. The map shows six (formerly eight) chocolate shops within a ten block radius in Portland. The postcard has not been printed and distributed except my personal copies that I've given to the shop owners and friends.

Oregonian article on Walk There! book

"The folks at Metro make it easy to go on urban treks with their indispensable "Walk There!" guide, which has 50 walks throughout the area, including a number that are so obscure that even residents might not know about them. The guide comes in a handy 4 1/2-by-6-inch size -- perfect for sliding into the side pocket of your cargo shorts -- and is a bargain at $9.95 at area bookstores. Even better, Metro has the maps and detailed walk descriptions available online, making it a cinch to download and print maps to guide you to your newest urban adventure.

More on the Forest Park poster map

I am planning on making the Forest Park poster map available in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Sometimes the space you have for a poster is wider rather than tall and narrow. No guarantees a horizontal map would look like this thumbnail, but that's how the beta version is shaping up. Both orientations would have 20 foot contour lines, trail mileages, Wildwood and Leif mileposts, show surrounding streets, parking lots and TriMet bus stops. It will be nice if this framing with more of the Willamette River makes the cut.

An updated Forest Park map will be available as a poster print

The exact date is not clear yet, but I'm guessing it will be available around the end of summer 2010. It's too early to nail down pricing, but since you will get a real physical product to hang on your wall, it will have to cover the cost of making it. The map has been updated in many ways Many thousands of tiny changes made: the map is currently at version 732; the one last posted on Art of Geography was version 618. Each increment to the version number represents a bundle of edits to the map.