The Great New York Avenue Orchard
An early Future Cartographic expedition plotted the 23rd Century future of New York Avenue in D.C. as a vast orchard of fruit trees where residents and their children north and south of New York Avenue routinely gather fruit for desserts and breakfast. The story and map is a response to the present state of the avenue as a polluted and noisy gridlocked strip that separates neighborhoods with a vast and hostile landscape.
[ Hear an interview with Erik Moe on New York Avenue with WAMU’s Rebecca Sheir ]
Georgetown Survey of Time and Space
Created while in residence at Halcyon Arts Lab in Georgetown, this map displays routes surveyed on foot during the six month residency. In the map, gated properties, private institutional gardens, and other scenic but walled-in treasures are imagined as open space for collective enjoyment. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, the riverfront and lower Georgetown have been abandoned due to the rising post-climate change tidal waters of the Potomac.
Black Broadway / U Street in the 23rd Century
A series of maps imagining Black Broadway (U Street) in the year 2215 c.e. Drawn from conversations, walks, and Future Cartographic’s evolving speculative fiction narrative of the time between now and then. One version of these maps is available in the book Oral Histories/ Oral Futures: U Street/Black Broadway in the 20th & 23rd Centuries.
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