these are things: new city maps

by Grace Bonney

City posters have become one of my favorite go-to gifts for friends and family who have a) recently moved or b) a lot of pride for their hometown. If you’re looking for something to celebrate your loved one’s town, These Are Things has six new designs for Boston, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle. They worked with a team of advisors in each city to map out favorite neighborhoods, and I’m happy to see some of my favorites included (Yay North Williams!). Click here to check out and shop the full series online; each one measures 18 x 24 inches and sells for $59. xo, grace

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  • Love it, but I seem to remember from history classes that Boston was established way before 1822. What gives?

  • Boston was established as a town in 1630 and as a city in 1822. Clearly, the map should say 1630! Very vew bostonians will want to buy a map that indicates its history started in 1630!

  • I’m glad to see a map with Cambridge/Somerville added on. I refused to buy early versions/similar styles because of their exclusion.

  • Being slightly obsessed with maps, I think these are fantastic. I only wonder if it would be possible to get a version with my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand!

  • I agree. Cambridge and Somerville are very much a part of Boston to anyone who lives here. I never buy anything that excludes them.

  • I live in Boston currently, and have lived in Cambridge and Somerville as well. I also believe they are very much a part of the area, but it is misleading that they are included on a map that is clearly labeled Boston. Especially since Cambridge and Somerville are not labeled.

    That being said, it is a beautiful map, albeit with some flaws (IMHO).

  • What Emily said, in both posts. (And I’m a former resident of Brookline, which is just as much part of the area.)

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