Maps at Home with Ashley Flintoff and her 1895 Map of the Main Portion of Detroit

Ashley Flintoff is the Director of Planning and Space Management at Wayne State University and an alum of the University of Detroit Mercy’s architecture and Master in Community Development programs as well as WSU’s Master in Urban Planning program.

What is your map at home (title, year, etc.)

“Map of the Main Portion of Detroit”, Rand McNally Co., dated 1895

Where did you find/acquire the map?

I found it at a booth in Washington D.C.’s Eastern Market (ironic, I know!)

What made you hang it on your wall? What stood out to you? What details do you enjoy about the map?

I love that this map overlays specific amenities such as Eastern and Western Markets, select train depots and hospitals on a familiar street grid. The decision as to what locations to highlight is fascinating to me. It’s hanging in my living room with art depicting my favorite cities: Detroit and Baltimore.

What in your background has drawn you to maps?

My background is in architecture, community development and urban planning so I love how maps communicate the world through graphics.

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