If Only All Subway Sandwich Shops Were Actual Subway Stations
There are upwards of 140 Subway sandwich shops in the Baltimore metropolitan region, which is a whole lot more than there are actual subway transit stops (which, as you may recall from that early Subway wallpaper, provided the original inspiration for the franchise). Baltimore today has just one partially underground subway line running from Owings Mills to the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Otherwise, the city primarily gets around by car, bus and light rail.
You can image, though, how the ubiquitous sandwich shop might get a transit enthusiast thinking. And so we bring you, thanks to Baltimore resident Chris Nelson, this dream map of a subway system for the region if all its Subway restaurants were actual transit stops.
Nelson runs a well-known site in the city, burgersub.org, that’s been plotting regional homicides in the area since 2005 on Google Maps. The Subway/subway project was a bit of a departure. “As far as my thinking,” Nelson tells us in an email, “well I like to imagine what my city would be like if I were running all the planning decisions.”
His above map was made to resemble this hopeful subway system sketched by the Greater Baltimore Committee as part of its vision for the city in the year 2030. To model something similar in the nexus of sandwich shops, Nelson used every Subway in Baltimore City, and all but two in Baltimore County (the other two, he says, are located in a rural northern part of the county where it obviously wouldn’t make sense to run a subway line). There are also some Subways thrown in from Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
You may notice that some of the Subways on Nelson’s map are listed by the company as “coming soon.” But they’re all the same for Nelson’s purposes – the point is that the sandwich chain serves pretty much everyone… unlike, too often, public transit.
If you have a car, you know the convenience of getting in and driving directly to where you want to go. You might enjoy this enough to wonder why you should bother taking public transportation at all. But you can give back and gain so much by taking the train, bus, subway, or ferry. Start with the environmental benefits of leaving your car behind in favor of public transit: reducing carbon emissions and our collective use of non-renewable oil. It can be good for people, too. Without having to fill up at the pump, you can save money on gas and vehicle maintenance. And without having to pay attention to the road, you’re free to read a magazine, prepare for a presentation, or study for an exam. When you’re sharing a ride on public transit, you can interact with other passengers—or discretely eavesdrop on conversations. You can daydream or doze, solve a crossword puzzle or play a word game with friends on your smartphone. Do it for a day, a week, or simply more often.
Eutaw Street at Lexington Street
MTA Maryland Route 91/NB/Sinai Hospital via Rogers Station
World Famous Lexington Market (pictured, right)
March 24, 2013 / 41°F / Cloudy Overcast