Sunday, April 4, 2010

CARTOMANIA

I've always loved maps. This illustration is a sort of map of external information that I was internalizing back around 1999.

The link below is to an interactive map that the NY Times just revealed, courtesy of required Global Positioning Systems that record our every move. I felt a bit awkward and resentful when I first saw it, but I feel better now. I think it's quite intriguing to see the fluctuating volumes of fares by the hour at various street corners.....
TRACKING TAXI FLOW THROUGHOUT THE CITY

Yesterday I attended my first general meeting of the NY TAXI WORKERS ALLIANCE at their headquarters in the Flatiron/Wholesale District. I really enjoyed sitting among drivers from every possible background and discussing, with all seriousness (and humor), the issues we face. I paid my annual due and became a new member, which comes with free life insurance, license protection, legal support, dental discounts, and social services facilitation. I had the honor of meeting book author/organizer, Biju Mathew, and the director, Bhairavi Desai. Both are excellent listeners, genuinely eager to collaborate on a very human level.

CALL TO ALL NYC TAXI HACKS!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, AT 1 PM, INSIDE CITY HALL CHAMBERS. BE THERE TO SHOW UNITY AND DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY. WE HAVE A NEW TLC CHAIRMAN NOW AND IT WILL BE HIS 1st PUBLIC HEARING AS SUCH. PARK YOUR CAB ELSEWHERE AND TAKE A TRAIN OVER. IT'S ABOUT TIME WE POOL TOGETHER.

AND HERE IS A LINK FROM THE GOTHAMIST ABOUT NYTWA VS. TLC

1 comment:

  1. Oh my god and god of others...I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE, did I say LOVE these journal pages you started posting here. They are STUNNING!!!!! I want to dive into them Gil...I'm so proud of your no excuse posting, amazing and unique, AND explosive bursts of self expression in both images and words, your newest post..it's an amazing photo. amazing narative. Way to go life specialist.
    Go visit some other visual journalers, and make them come to visit yours...that's what's missin...people need to come see this...interconnect with a man and his nomadic shoestrings.
    XOXOrly

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