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Streetwise Los Angeles Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Los Angeles, California Map – March 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Streetwise Maps (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931257167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931257169
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't leave home without STREETWISE.' --The New York Times

'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine

'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald

About the Author

STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We’ve set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you’ve never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.

The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970’s, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.

After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.

He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.

More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.

Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.

Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.

Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn’t match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we’ve done the work, now you have the adventure.

In the end, it’s not about the map, it’s about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It’s about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.

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Easy to read.
Daisy
My husband and I bought this map for his Lawyer buddy he works with who frequently travels to LA for fun.
Cindy L Notar
Great for navigating the downtown LA area.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Atsirk Onipseredi on January 17, 2009
i bought this map when i first moved to LA 4 months ago. it is the only map that shows the 3-D buildings with accurate drawings. you can acutally see which way you are heading by looking at the face of the building and comparing it to the Streetwise map. i still carry it everywhere with me-it is IMPOSSIBLE to find parking otherwise! has saved me a fortune in meter costs and valet parking (LA's solution to non-existent parking lots. $40 a pop, usually).

LA is crazy and the traffic is un-godly. i use this map to take side-roads and avoid the highways (you will spend years of your life on the 405 and 10).

essential if you are moving to LA or just visiting. also has great detail of santa monica (which is how i found the great farmer's market and didn't pay $20 to park), venice, venice beach and all the great shoooooooooping.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Koontz Fan on March 12, 2007
Durable, portable and easy to fold! Great for navigating the downtown LA area. Street names and intersections very clear. However, not a very useful resource for navigating the outer fringes of the city.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel.S.H. on December 30, 2013
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They've finally found a way to include Marina Del Rey and Culver City (by flipping more of it onto the back), so it's got a more thorough coverage area than it used to, and more updated sites and transportation options. Smartphones / Google Maps are great, but I'm old-school and still like to have a physical map, it comes in handy more than you'd think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2013
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Streetwise maps are the best for traveling in a new city. I highly recommend the LA map - it will survive the rigors of travel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Osborne on August 18, 2013
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We used this map in conjunction with GPS on our smartphones on a recent trip to LA and it definitely came in handy daily. We used it more than I'd anticipated and it was most useful for those times when we wanted to plan a route or to get an overview of a particular area and gauge distances, as in, "our hotel is here...and we want to go over here..."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Koczara on April 2, 2013
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I love old fashion maps. Got my family around L.A. without a problem. We drove all throgh the back roads and never got lost with this beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richie E. on February 11, 2013
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Small and hard to see all the details, but very well labeled. If you're new to the area, you need a map. This map will help you to get familiarized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2012
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I've read other reviews and am confused by them now that I own this map. This is a Great Map, especially if you, like me, are a novice to downtown LA. It is not one of those maps that you can read while driving 65 mph down the freeway - it's the map you study or have your navigator read from. It is a Wealth of Information - I love this map (!!)
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