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MapLab: New York City’s Enduring Subway Map Debate

At the MTA print shop, Patrick McDermott shows off a newly reissued version of Massimo Vignelli’s famed 1972 New York City subway map. 

At the MTA print shop, Patrick McDermott shows off a newly reissued version of Massimo Vignelli’s famed 1972 New York City subway map. 

Photographer: Marc A. Hermann/MTA


This week, Bloomberg CityLab’s David Dudley updates readers on the latest turn in the decades-long saga of what might be the world’s most divisive subway map: 

The story of Massimo Vignelli’s ill-fated map of the New York subway endures as a kind of parable about the defining values of cartography, and how much fidelity to the truth a mapmaker owes an audience.