Apr 16, 2012

Tourist (or town planner) jam?

Driving in Naples, FL can take a tediously long time …

But are the tourists to blame?
The above figure shows a map of Naples (top) shown in comparison to three other places I've lived: (1) Cape Cod, Massachusetts,  (2) Tucson , Arizona and (3) Harford County, Maryland.  The yellow rectangles enclose the same area on each map.  I was surprised to see that town-like density of Naples actually sprawls over a county-like scale that, in Cape Cod and Maryland, actually covers multiple towns and villas.

As much as we’d like to blame everything on them,

Turns out this could be a town planner problem instead.


What we call Naples is actually on the same scale of the county I grew up in. Of course the geographic concept of Naples has grown over the same time span. I wasn’t born in Naples, but on the very same day I was born up in Maryland the house that I currently live in now was outside the edge of Naples in a place they previously called the swamp.

Fast forward forty years, that same exact spot is in the middle of town.


Later I would move up to Cape Cod.

In order to get to work each day I had to drive through a couple towns plus drive a pretty good stint on Route 6. Total drive time was twenty five minutes ... sometimes more.

Getting out into the country can be a long drive in Naples, Florida.
Not in Harford County, Maryland where it's usually right around the bend.

With the same drive time on the Naples map I still haven’t left town.

Okay, I’ll admit, it’s more fun to blame it on the tourists!

2 comments:

Tabor said...

That whole southern edge of Florida has developed into many gated communities and shopping areas...last time I was there. Traffic was horrible. Of course, they were tearing up one of the main roads to add to the chaos.

pguzek said...

I love the weather down there but hate the traffic. I can't believe how much development is now east of I-75. It's all in the swamp. Not sure if I can officially call it Everglades but it seems it to me.