What mapping every storefront in Manhattan teaches us about city living

City Observatory compared shop density across several cities, and the results are stark
April 30, 2016 12:00PM

What often makes a city great isn’t just the quality or affordability of the housing (though of course that is a big part): it’s the ability to run to the shop for a random ingredient for a last minute gift. That’s one reason people are willing to pay so much to live in Manhattan.

So how much more are you really getting? Let these maps from a recent City Observatory report put it into context for you.

City Observatory mapped the three-mile radius around the central business district of several cities and placed a dot on every storefront (basically any consumer-facing business), according to the Washington Post. Here’s what they found.
Here is Manhattan.

And San Francisco.

Now look at St. Louis.

And Detroit

[Washington Post] Christopher Cameron