Final Drafts for Matthew Barlow’s Griffintown Book


I’ve been uber-swamped of late with the non-mapping aspects of life, but I finally finished up maps of the Griffintown neighborhood for J. Matthew Barlow’s book, The House of the Irish:” Diaspora, History & Memory in Griffintown, Montreal, 1900-2010forthcoming from the University of British Columbia Press.  More maps and brief discussion after the break…

Being that the book focuses on the evolution of a single neighborhood in a larger city, a locator map was needed:


(Edited to add: just noticed the wrong basemap credit, will fix before submission)

One of Matthew’s biggest tasks in this book is the examination of not only how the social aspects of the Griffintown neighborhood changed, but the influence of Montreal’s changing urban infrastructure on these changes.  This necessitated finding a map of the neighborhood as it was in the early 1900s, and the development of dualing base maps for the neighborhood – 1903 vs 2015 (above in the animation, below as static maps) – for presentation of other data.



These base maps served as the settings for maps displaying important landmarks in the text:



And for identifying important locations related to alcohol production and distribution:



Finally, a smaller-scale, larger coverage map was needed to display St. Patrick’s Day parade routes through the neighborhood and the larger city.  These were tricky to symbolize because the various parade routes often followed some of the same streets.


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Author: Andrew Shears

Andrew Shears is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. His research interests lie at an intersection of the human-environmental nexus, and includes branches of mapping, technological, memorialization and urban geographies. He lives in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania with his wife Amy, a professional photographer.