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1999 LOJIC Street Atlas

The Louisville and Jefferson County Information Consortium, the city and county's GIS department, makes their 1999 Louisville and Jefferson County Street Atlas available for sale to the public.

This atlas covers Jefferson County, all of Jefferson County, and nothing but Jefferson County. The main atlas map pages include boundaries of municipalities, police districts and beats, fire districts; metro parks and other areas of interest; schools, hospitals, railroads, sewer facilities, police and fire stations. As the person selling me this map told me, most people who buy this product are city/county customers who are most likely to be interested in some of this information.

If you want a map strictly for automobile navigation, buy something else. That said, this map is still good for finding streets that might be missing from other maps, and also as a secondary source of information incase you have a great need for accuracy.

A couple major disappointments were that this map does not include zip codes or voting precincts. On Election day 2000 the phone lines at the voting office were extremely busy, and people trying to call at the last minute to find their voting place had a hard time getting through; including this information on the map might have alleviated this major problem.

A couple of scans are included here to demonstrate the general digital cartography style and to point out some minor flaws. Samples are also available on this page as PDF files, but they may not look exactly like the actual printed form from which these scans were made.

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This scan contains the I-64/I-264 and I-264/US 60 interchanges in the St. Matthews area. It's fine to draw freeways using thick red lines, but it becomes problematic when you use those same lines to draw closely spaced collector/distributor lanes, and for some vague reason I also don't think it's appropriate to use them for access and exit ramps. And one problem I see with a lot of computer-generated maps, including this one, is that curves tend to be drawn as unsmooth polygons, a minor cosmetic annoyance that has nothing to do with the needs filled by this map anyway.

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This scan contains the I-264/I-65/KFEC/Airport interchange complex, as well as portions of the KFEC and the Airport. You will notice that many of the ``roads'' within the boundaries of the fairgrounds and airport actually have ``secret'' names used for administrative purposes which are not signed since there's not much need for ``mere mortals'' to know about them.

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