Road Signs

Meaning in a map

With every gas station we visited, I took a picture of the crossroads it was located at, but not just that. Mainly the street signs. I would go back to Google maps, find the crossroads, then get the coordinates using that.

But what if things had changed since the map had been made? What if the road signs changed? What if they had been moved elsewhere? I would be looking at the wrong spot. The map would prove useless to me. One little change in a map, one small change in the name of a road can render a map faulty. How many roads change a day? How many maps are left unchanged?

In the 1950s, before google maps was started, they used maps that were actually on paper. Crazy right? And even crazier, you had to find routes because there was no computer to do it for you. If things were growing as fast as they are now and changing as fast as they are, you’d never have a completely up to date map. But then again, is there really ever a completely up-to-date map since the roads are constantly filled with changing construction?

Maps only have meaning when they relay truthful information. but do they lose that meaning as soon as something changes? Probably not if it’s small. How much would have to change before a map no longer had any meaning?