We saw these maps a few weeks ago, and now they have been recognized
as Image of the Week. As described by the creators at Axismaps:
These unique maps of Chicago and Boston accurately depict
the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and
physical features of the city using nothing but type. Only by manually
weaving together thousands upon thousands of carefully placed words
does the full picture of the city emerge. Prints are
Very nice, and perhaps these are just the gift for your favourite
mapper, once you have already picked up a copy of each of the new OSM
books for them, of course.
See more pretty maps and wonderful photography of maps on the Axismaps web site.
They have a blog entry describing the process of creating these maps, as well.
This is a Featured image, which means that it has been identified as
one of the best examples of OpenStreetMap mapping, or that it provides
a useful illustration of the OpenStreetMap project.
If you know another image of similar quality, you can nominate it at