Author Archives: Andy Woodruff

About Andy Woodruff

I grew up as a regular visitor to Boston, my mom being a native (a BU alumna from Malden), and became an area resident when I moved to Cambridge in 2008 after finishing graduate school in Wisconsin. That's a lifetime short of being a real "local" by the standards around here, but I'm doing my best. I think I can at least imitate the Boston accent better than most people from my home state of Ohio. My day job is being a partner in Axis Maps, where we do custom interactive cartography and also sell typographic map posters. Sometimes I also post things on my personal site, too. Cartography is more than a day job, though; I've been exploring Boston by mapping it since I got here—by foot, bicycle, train, and study. There's hardly a better way to learn about and appreciate the city.

The turkey menace

Happy Thanksgiving, Boston. Today is the day. Today we make a stand against the horde that threatens our fair city—the vicious, evil turkeys! They have invaded our streets, they have stood in our way, and they have gone after our … Continue reading

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MBTA map redesigns

Remember the MBTA map redesign “competition” from the summer? Well, looks like a good number of people were glad to surrender the rights to their work for free, and we the public now get to vote on six finalists. (But … Continue reading

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Mapping Hubway availability

As an occasional Hubway user, I sometimes feel like some kind of transportation gambler. There’s a risk with each trip. Will docks be available where I’m going? Will bikes be available when I want to return, and docks available back … Continue reading

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Neighborhoods as seen by the people

UPDATE! We’ve got a new and better version of the neighborhood mapping project! Head on over to! Below is a map that has been shown off a bit recently, both on Twitter and by me at a couple of … Continue reading

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Live MBTA bus speeds

‘Tis the season to revisit and update some of our past projects. You may remember the map from November 2011 showing 24 hours of GPS location data from MBTA buses, colored according to their speeds. (A local adaptation of maps … Continue reading

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A plow, now!

Remember that time last weekend when it snowed a whole bunch and we all waded through four-foot drifts to get out of the house, went skiing down city streets, or else enjoyed lots of bacon and beer in the comfort … Continue reading

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New Yorkers want to own everything. Even the sunset once in a while: you may have heard of the phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun aligns with Manhattan cross streets. It occurs twice a year—really four times if … Continue reading

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Blue and Bluer: Massachusetts and Boston 2012

You’ve seen tables and maps of counties and towns with the numbers for President Obama and Governor Romney in November’s election. But you may not have seen the detailed story in Boston. Well, that’s what we present above, in collaboration … Continue reading

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Handy turkey maps of Boston

(Or, “Bostonography goes back to kindergarten.”) This town is no stranger to turkeys. Above is a rude, slow pedestrian near Harvard Square, for example. Wait, maybe Harvard Square is a turkey! We tried our hand at mapping this thought: Actually, … Continue reading

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Visualizing Hubway, for real this time

How convenient. As soon as we got around to our previous post, in which we mapped some Hubway bike sharing data, a new visualization contest started. This time, MAPC and Hubway invited people to visualize every Hubway trip to date … Continue reading

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