March 28, 2005

Promotion of Local Geography

Category: Geography/Maps


Austin: Arriving at Austin airport a few weeks ago, I was happy to come across a giant map of Texas on the floor. This particular map showed only the major rivers of the state, and was a rather enjoyable educational pit stop while I was killing time! With geographic ignorance as bad as it is, it's also a good thing for people to be exposed to, even if just for a glance. Posted by Nick at March 28, 2005 9:49 PM




Posted by: Nick Aster [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 8, 2005 2:36 PM

You'll be happy when you fly into Portland, if you fly Alaska - the C terminal has several marble/granite maps, one even has a little footbridge going over the 'river.' There's also a little historical museum and (as of a few weeks ago, anyway) on top of one of the maps, a current garden exhibition by the Japanese, Chinese and Oregon Gardens where you can sit and use wi-fi.

Posted by: esther at April 13, 2005 2:19 PM

There are several other nice features of Austin's fairly new airport (on the site of a military base decommissioned in the early 1990s). There is a stage for local live music in the center of the airport, and when the stage is not in use, the music on the loudspeakers is local Austin music. Only local restaraunts have eateries there. I think it is a success story on how local communities can control corporate homogenzation, especially when compared to every other American airport I have visited.

Posted by: Josh Ronsen at June 22, 2005 8:01 AM

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