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.