The American conservative argues that the real problem is the “baggage” in our nation’s maps and says that it’s time to stop worrying.
It all began with a story in The New York Times in February of this year.
In it, we learn that a local resident named Tim Lacy, a retired coal miner, was planning to visit his parents in Texas.
He didn’t have the proper map, but he did have a map from his childhood that had been used by the city of Los Angeles for years.
“It had a very clear border,” Lacy told the Times.
“I could see where I was going.”
The story didn’t end there, however.
Lacy said that the city was still using the old map, which had been in the possession of the city’s archives for decades, and had been mislabeled in a way that made it look like Los Angeles had changed its name to Houston.
He went on to tell the Times that he didn’t want to use the old city name in his maps because “it doesn’t belong to me anymore.”
Lacy eventually sued the city, alleging that it had “stolen” his map and that it “intentionally, willfully and maliciously” misrepresented his hometown.
The lawsuit was settled in March of this years and the city agreed to pay Lacy $5,000 to settle.
He had lost his entire life savings, and the settlement was the first of its kind in the country.
Now that the suit has been resolved, Lacy is hopeful that the issue of “stealing” a map is finally getting the attention it deserves.
“The thing is, it’s really a very small percentage of the map, and there are so many things that can happen in this process that make it a lot harder to win,” Lacey told the Associated Press.
“You can see what can happen when the city is trying to take your property.”
“There’s so much more to mapmaking than just the border.
You have to go back and look at the history of the maps.
The whole process of mapping can be a very long process.”
In the end, Lacey is still hoping that the map issues will be resolved.
“We’re just waiting for the process to be over,” he said.
“But I think we’ll get there.”