Cape Town as a pizza
Main Road is going to dictate a large portion of your life, but it takes a while to figure out exactly what’s going on with it. I'm gonna explain it all using pizza. Because, well, we all understand pizza.
Okeydokes folks, brace yourselves, we’re going to do some mapwork. Before you quickly close this tab and move on to something else, just bear with me for a sec.
Trying to get a visual image of a geographic layout can be a but tricky, and we can’t all be cartographers. However, cartography is a good place to start, so here’s how it looks on Google maps:
I know, it’s completely useless. Lemme colour it in for you:
Still not much use. (Before I carry on, let me quickly say that I could, if I wanted to, just give you the final map and be done with it – but where’s the fun in that? In short: boring folks, skip to the end. Rest of you: stick with us and we’ll walk you through it step by step.)
The main problem with the Google Maps image, bless its soul, is that it doesn’t convey the pizza-slice problem of main road. Allow me to illustrate.
Now, my beautiful illustrations aside (long live Paint), the pizza image gives you a good understanding of the tricky way that main road works. See, Google Maps would have you believe that the whole area you’re looking at is Rosebank, which is wildly misleading. (Rosebank is actually the neglected middle child of Mainroad, but we’ll get there in a minute.) There are, in fact, at least four areas shown in the map. Again, let my helpful assistant Paint show you:
The shneaky part is that each area lasts between 200m and 1km, so you can happily be walking along, thinking you’re in Rosebank, when suddenly BAM nope you’re in Rondebosch. (Although no-one ever thinks that they’re walking along in Rosebank, seriously, it’s always forgotten.)
Trying to show you the Google Maps of Main Road in its entirety will just get cumbersome, so if you’ll allow me *clears throat*:
I almost did Fine Art guys, I’m a wasted talent. Anyhoo, is the pizza image clearer to you now? Having sorted that out *dusts off hands* we can move on to phase two.