Maps for exploring EC1 Footways
The London Footways project has plotted quiet and interesting routes for walking, and several pass through EC1. I've created maps showing associated places of interest using Google Maps, Maphub and Layers of London. More here about Footways.
All main data for the maps is held in Airtable. I've also create additional information sheets for locations. That make it easy to update related content, without having to edit the main map. More here on how that works.
Developing a new Culture Mile map
In 2022 I discovered the Prague-based Mapotic system. It has several advantages:
The category system makes it easy for people to choose their particular interest
It is possible to add comments and ratings to points on the map
People can register to become part of an online community for the map, and then add posts. You can see that in operation in this Swimplaces map.
I used the static map on the Culture Mile website as the basis for a Mapotic map of the main sites around Culture Mile .
It would now be possible to add more sites from the research I did for the maps, above.
In addition I know that the Culture Mile team are discussing how to invite local workers and residents to contribute favourite places and "hidden gems" in the area, as part of a new marketing campaign associated with the proposed Business Improvement District. As part of that process, maybe they could use something like the Create Streets map that I promoted with EC1Echo. More here and below.
The idea of developing maps for EC1 started with some work in 2018 for the Clerkenwell Peel Institute, where Drew Mackie and I explored the use of both network and geographic maps to support what later became the Connecting Clerkenwell initiative. I also met up with Mike Franks, who I had helped, back in 1977, secure funding for a heritage trail. More here, in the EC1 Echo, together with the idea of Clerkenwell Commons.
Mapping Urban Wild Places
Further north in Islington, in 2020 Drew Mackie and I worked with Octopus Communities, a network of community centres, to develop maps and stories about their Urban Wild Places and We Can Grow projects to support community gardens. The aim was to show, for an evaluation report, how work on the projects had yielded both environmental benefits and new networks of social connections.
We set up a simple Google sites website to host: