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Durham-cityfabric Map obsessions are nothing new; yours truly has a whole passel of maps in shipping tubes whose framing and hanging have long been delayed in the name of domestic tranquility, while a regular BCR reader and commenter loves his hometown of Buffalo so much that he's had it tattooed on his arm.

There's now a less-permanent way to showcase your civic interest -- t-shirts that have city centers right on 'em.

So sez the N&O, which notes that a couple of NCSU design school students have opened an online business called CityFabrics that provides urban maps -- or more specifically, depictions of buildings and infrastructure -- to highlight the city centers of a number of urbs, including the Bull City (seen at right).

As co-founder Matt Tomasulo tells the N&O in a story published yesterday:


"When you look at the Durham shirt, N.C. 147 runs right through downtown," Tomasulo says. "And all the historic neighborhoods are gridded, whereas the ones below N.C. 147 are sparser and more spread out. It's these subtle touch points that show how cities change, and help people create a dialogue about their town."

For a fuller explanation on Durham's street grids, be sure to check out Michael Bacon's blog posts on the subject at The Bull in Full -- a much-missed place in the local blogosphere, but the archives are still there.

If you're so inclined, you can pick up Durham t's or those for cities from Raleigh to Richmond to Cambridge, Mass. from the CityFabrics web site




As the map obsessed and Buffalo tattoed commenter, I fully endorse City Fabric. I own one of his shirts and am always getting comments on it. The t-shirts are really high quality and soft too.

Kevin Davis

@Matt -- so, if you wear the Durham t-shirt with your Buffalo tats, do people get lost asking you for directions? :)

Todd P

I appreciate that these shirts are 100% Made in the USA. Buying American-made products is a great way to get our economy moving again by getting people back to work in the USA.


Thanks for the references to Michael Bacon's Durham street history postings. I went searching & enjoyed reading them.


Excellent. Lots of Durham boosters come up with ideas like, "hey -- why don't we do some Durham t-shirts" or "hey, why don't we do some playing cards with photos of Durham stuff" etc. but either don't do it, or make the mistake of doing just Durham stuff and wondering why they're not making any money.

These NCSU folks are doing it right. Go State!

Matt & Ben CityFabric

BCR - Thanks so much for the feature!

Its great to see Durhamites so excited about their city. We continue to learn more about Durham (through friends like Dudek above) and look forward to learning more as we grow. Thanks again.

Joel Sadler

For someone that loves maps & T-shirts this is a match made in heaven. I picked one up at the Troika craft fair. Couldn't have picked a better material than American Apparel either.


Very cool shirt. Not an average design by any stretch.

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