Houston Disassembled and Displayed

Minimalist map renders Houston into cuts of meat, neighborhood by neighborhood.

By John Lomax May 14, 2014

I love maps, and I was absolutely over the moon when local artist Carrie Marie Schneider tipped me off to this beauty:

Those are Houston neighborhoods, ripped from their contexts, and more or less presented as cuts of meat. There are 85 neighborhoods in all on the 18" x 24" print and you can request that a neighborhood or neighborhoods of your choice be highlighted in red, blue or green.

Here's a close-up.

Are you an Inner Loop Snob? Here's a similar neighborhood map, shorn of all those infernal regions beyond 610.

What looks like quilting is the neighborhood name typed over and over. 

The minimalist maps are the work of Derek Howles. Two years ago when he and his fiancee moved in together he created a series of maps of all the cities they had lived in over the years. Their friends loved the maps so Howles took them to Etsy.  He offers maps of dozens of cities, from New York's capital Albany to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and if enough people request them, he will create new prints for other cities.

At $30 plus $7.95 for shipping, these maps are a steal. 

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