Many times before, I and other mappers have observed the seemingly excessive popularity of motorways in our world. People seem to like to build them, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's not always terribly realistic (who's paying for all these motorways?), and I have come to realize that drawing motorways ''first'', as a kind of "skeleton" for one's territory, is a fundamentally backwards approach to geofiction - in real life, motorways come closer to ''last'' than ''first'' - if they come at all.
So I had this idea. There are some major cities in the world that simply don't have motorways. I'm not talking about poor cities, either.
One favorite personal example is Winnipeg, in Canada (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=12/49.8837/-97.1729) - a city which I visited frequently during a certain period of my life, although I've never lived there.
The city has at least 500,000 residents, but the only motorway is the ring-road, and even that is not fully limited-access for much of its length. There is not single kilometer of limited access highway within that ring road.
Looking at the map, Warsaw, Poland (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=12/52.2254/20.9659) is another interesting example. There appear to be several motorway "approaches" to the city (maybe only one?), but nothing to the center.
Vancouver, Canada (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=12/49.2475/-123.1645) also lacks any kind of motorway access to the core city, although they abound in the suburbs.
And Edinburgh, Scotland (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=12/55.9512/-3.2394), seems to well-developed suburban motorways, but nothing that enters the city proper.
San Francisco, California (http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/37.7859/-122.4410), my "birth city", has the 80/280 complex south of Market, but the 1 and 101 never properly connect through the city, meaning that travel ''through'' the city is only possible on surface streets - a hassle I remember my parents coping with many times when I was quite young, as we went back and forth from Marin to Palo Alto. My earliest childhood memory is probably being stuck in traffic in a Volkswagen Beetle on Van Ness Avenue on a fog-shrouded morning.
Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #11 - February, 2017 - Another day, but not another motorway
This month's challenge is to plan and ''begin'' to build a city that, for whatever historical or political reasons, lacks motorways. Obviously, a single month, as we've learned, is not enough time to fully build a major city. But it's enough time to take the first steps.
I'll set it up as follows:
- advanced: a major world city, 1000000+, with no motorways
- medium: a large city, 500000+, with no motorways
- small: a smaller city, 100000+, with no motorways
I think for this challenge for myself, I'll finally return to the Ardisphere. I have one major small city, Comala, Departamento de Páramos (the capital of the Departamento http://opengeofiction.net/#map=12/-21.9314/121.4801), which is in a very incomplete stage of development. Sufficiently incomplete that I never drew any motorways for it. I think I'll leave it that way.
Given that Comala is only a little over 100000 inhabitants, that means I'll be doing the ''small'' challenge.
To be clear, this challenge doesn't say "no motorways at all," rather, it says "no motorways to/through the center." Realistically, in any relatively prosperous country, suburbs will still contain some motorways, either radially (Warsaw), peripherally (San Francisco/Vancouver), or as a ring-road (Winnipeg).