Is Google Maps too ho hum for you? Say hello to the politically incorrect cartography of Judgmental Maps.

Comedian Trent Gillaspie began by making a judgmental map of his hometown, Denver. Here, London.

Now he has an entire blog devoted to judgmental maps of other cities, accumulated through submissions.

Many of the maps feature somewhat off-color characterizations that hint at underlying racial and economic tensions within our cities.

Neighborhoods characterized entirely by race put persistent issues of segregation and racism on display.

For example, the Las Vegas map labeled almost exclusively by race and class divisions.

In some cities, environmental issues pop up. One notoriously polluted San Francisco neighborhood is labeled "cancer."

In Orange County, an entire neighborhood is just "meh."

Los Angeles, too, has a wide swath of "meh."

Baltimore's stereotypes, naturally, are all about The Wire.

Judgy Maps Divide Neighborhoods Into Their Worst Stereotypes

Cities are complicated, and occasionally racist, places.

Is Google Maps too ho hum for you? Say hello to the politically incorrect cartography of Judgmental Maps, a blog devoted to mapping out the stereotypes of as many cities as possible. Created by comedian Trent Gillaspie, Judgmental Maps started off with an ode to Denver, where Gillaspie grew up, and has since expanded to include submissions by others willing to lay claim to their city's worst attributes. Albuquerque, for example, is almost entirely "traffic" and "nothing."

Cities aren't entirely democratic places, as some of the more off-color characterizations hint at. Nearly every map contain references to crime, with some variation on "dead bodies" or "place you'll get shot," as well as nods to underlying racial and class tensions. With entire neighborhoods labeled as "Mexico" or "Cheap Asians" vividly demonstrate the persistence of segregation and racism in our cities.

When it comes to environmental issues, the political tilt is clear. San Francisco's notoriously polluted Hunter's Point neighborhood gets the simple label "cancer." A section of New York is called "oil spill"; another, "sludge."

While the unsavory (and racist) aspects of urban life tend to stand out, there's humor in some of the maps' more lighthearted jabs, like neighborhoods ruled by babies and overwhelming beverage choices. Memphis, for example, has an entire section devoted to "people proud, yet ashamed, to be from Memphis." One thing is for sure: Cities are complicated.

See all the maps here.

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