Read all about it on the City of Austin's site. Or for a quick snippet from the site listed above:
The Downtown Austin Wayfinding Project is an initiative to make it easier for residents, commuters and tourists to find Downtown Austin destinations and attractions.
The “wayfinding” improvement project, an action item outlined in the Downtown Austin Plan adopted by City Council in December 2011, aims to integrate a range of navigation and communication tools for traversing the downtown area, such as signage, brochures, kiosks and smart-phone applications.
“Wayfinding” explores ways to navigate from one place to another, and focuses on highlighting the experience of the path and eventual arrival of the wayfinding user. The system will underscore downtown’s unique and eclectic identity, as well as improve movement for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
We'll be hearing more about this project soon!
Awesome maps of cities (and how people exist and travel within them) made purely from extracting/rendering geotags….an example of how thoughtfully rendered data can become art. Learn more about Eric’s work and philosophy in this Atlantic Cities article. You can view many (most?) of Eric’s maps on his Flickr page here (check out the Geotagger’s World Atlas and peruse some of the awesome -often old- scanned maps in his other flickr sets….beware, this could be a very time consuming rabbit hole ).
*I tried to sift through the city maps to see if Austin was rendered….but I couldn’t locate it.
...but can you imagine being a resident of California during the Gold Rush? Talk about negative cultural and environmental consequences. Take a closer look back (166 years ago!) though these Gold Rush era maps in this Atlantic Cities article.