In case you wondered, Montclair and the Oakland Hills don’t really exist. We live in a state of mind, at least from the perspective of mass transit. BART recently revised their maps and removed curves a bit. Then Burrito Justice created a hyperlinear version that vanquishes us, forever.
Take a look at the BART-produced map, where you can detect a slight angle south between Orinda and Rockridge. We believe that tips the hat to Montclair, a bit. Then notice the large curve as you head south from Rockridge to MacArthur, where there’s some space to fit the Oakland Hills. While we don’t exist here, at least you see terra incognitas.
Now check out Burrito Justice, where they decided to remove all the curves from the BART transit lines entirely. Their hyperlinear map sure looks graphically interesting, but creates big problems for us.
Yes, we have been wiped off the planet! Note the straight line between Orinda and Rockridge, with no possibility for Montclair. Then look at where MacArthur, 19th and City Center are placed, directly below Orinda and Rockridge. There is literally no place for the Oakland Hills in a square world.
Everyone already gets confused about geo-political borders for the Montclair District and the Oakland Hills. We describe them by the nearby highways, and that usually does the trick. But now these BART map oversights are insulting at best and nefarious at worst.
Armed with our cheshire cat grins, we declare that “we live in an imaginary place.” Though we swore there were people, homes, schools, parks and a downtown village around here…somewhere.