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From the Editor...
A lost art.

Don't get me wrong, Google
Maps and Waze are two of
my most frequently used
applications. There is nothing
better than real-time updates
to avoid traffic headaches. But
there is something artistic
about paper maps, where they
help create an imaginative
path in the reader's mind.

"Siri, navigate to work."
"OK Google, I want to go
home." It was not long ago
that when someone needed
directions, they would need
to look at a map. For those of
you unfamiliar with physical
maps, they were detailed
drawings of the road system
in a geographical area. They
Jason R. Weiss
were also especially helpful in
Editor, Bucks Writs
navigating the world around
us - that is, until GPS became
readily available. Don't get me wrong, Google Maps and
Waze are two of my most frequently used applications.
There is nothing better than real-time updates to avoid
traffic headaches. But there is something artistic about
paper maps, where they help create an imaginative path in
the reader's mind.

In these technological times, for many people, deciphering
a map appears to be almost as difficult as advanced
calculus. I have friends who would not know which way
to even hold a map let alone read one. Conversations
usually proceed as follows: Which way is up? You mean
north? What are all of the numbers? The route or interstate
number (like Route 1 or I-95)? What is this really long blue
road? The Delaware River.

For many years, when my family planned a trip, the most
important detail was the route we would take to our
ultimate destination. My dad would pull out his stash of
folded up pamphlet-style maps, some detailing the roads
of Philadelphia and others identifying major thoroughfares
throughout the northeastern part of the country. Together,
we found the most efficient path, always paying close to
attention to highway rest stop locations. Before setting
out on our journey, however, we had to be sure to check
KYW radio for traffic and transit on the twos. Once on
our way, the maps remained readily available in the glove
compartment in case of emergency.

Maybe my fascination with civil engineering, traffic
patterns, and road design created my interest in maps. Or
maybe it is from my need to always be the most efficient.
Regardless, I have always found maps to be ingenious and
creative pieces. Maybe one day, in the not-so-distant future,
we will be able to see maps of all kinds in museums around
the world, held as ancient relics of a forgotten art form. 
- Jason R. Weiss

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