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D.C. in maps

I decorate my house with maps. I am a map geek.

So I was excited to find a treasure trove of interesting map information at the District’s GIS data catalog, and turned some of their information into a series of DC maps, reproduced below.

Figure ground map

Figure ground maps show silhouettes of building footprints. They’re a great way to visually illustrate how buildings interact with the spaces between them. This map shows all of D.C. and Arlington, while this map shows the Dupont Circle area.

Land-use map

MetroBus map

If you need help orienting yourself, here is a version showing county borders.

ZipCar locations

Topography map

That’s all the maps I made, but you can make your own at

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.


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