I used OSMnx, Geoff Boeing’s amazing Python library for analysing street networks, to look at how orderly the streets are in various UK towns and cities.
I then performed a live version of the piece at the British Library.
There are about 790,000 roads with names in Great Britain – I got a list of all them from Ordnance Survey and did some number-crunching. Then stopped number-crunching and looked for the rude ones.
I am become the New Jasper Carrot, with some bus-based observational comedy for CityMetric.
What’s the best way to rank cities? If you ask a square, they’ll probably start by talking about population or GDP or land area. Wrong. The best way, clearly, is to look at how good the films made there are.
To the casual observer, this may not seem like a particularly contentious question: isn’t it just everything ‘under’ the Thames when you look at the map? But despite this, some people will insist that places like Fulham, clearly north of the river, are in South London. Why?
I explored the strange tale of a man who attempted to walk around the world in disguise, for no particularly apparent reason.
I lost my mind and wrote 3,000 words about bridges, tunnels, ferries, and so on.
There are, depending on how you count, about 60 ways of crossing the Thames in London. That includes everything within the M25, and also the M25 crossings itself – a definition which involves counting things that aren’t really London, but somehow feels right. But! Which one is the best?