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This Mapping App Is Designed for Urban Wanderers

Bid goodbye to the beaten path and hello to an assortment of crowd-sourced shops, bars, and cafés.
A hidden gem in a New York alley.
A hidden gem in a New York alley.The Workroom/Flickr

By the most brutal logic, maps exist to get you from point A to point B. Navigation tools like Google Maps prioritize efficiency, generating routes that cater to a presumed preference for speed.

In a sense, they’re not wrong; time is a diminishing commodity. But by sticking only to the fastest paths through a city, you miss the very things about it that might incite you to slow down and notice what’s around you.