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15-year-old creates map of Cleveland if each Subway restaurant was a subway stop

Posted at 6:10 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 18:32:11-05

A teenager from Canada, with an interest in cartography and public transportation, is wowing Clevelanders with his map that envisions the city's subway system if it was connected by actual Subway restaurants. Talk about a hero, and we don't mean the sandwich.

By doing so, the teen has shown The Land what it's missing. 

Hailing from Mississauga, Canada, 15-year-old Isaiah Bryant started making maps with Google when he was in the 8th grade. Now, the teen unveils his creations on Reddit. 

His rendering is what the city would look like if the restaurants were used as the various stops and stations. 

The map shows connections from downtown to Lakewood, Beachwood and even the I-X Center. Forget just having buses, this is the sandwich-inspired public transportation system Cleveland needs. 

Bryant, an avid mapmaker, has created multiple subway drawings ranging from Cleveland to New York City that he has posted online.

His creations are picking up steam, with many users of the site, called redditors, fantasizing about what it would mean in Cleveland if it was real.

"This would totally take you from breakfast at BrewNuts to beverages in Ohio City to a fattening at Mabel's and back again, sans Uber. I support this," one redditor said about the map.

Another user called Bryant "a legend," while a third said the map was "pure genius."

The teen told News 5 he enjoys the play on words that comes from making maps of subways out of Subways. In fact, there is an entire section of the site — called a subreddit— where creators like Bryant showcase their skills.

While the maps are more of a hobby, the teen said he has plans to become an urban planner.

"Maps and public transportation are my No. 1 interests," Bryant said.

Unbeknownst to many, Cleveland actually had a working subway system for quite a few years. Built in the early 1900s, the system shuttled passengers around downtown until it was shuttered in 1954. 

The entrance to the subway can still be seen to this day near the Veteran's Memorial Bridge.


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Occasionally, the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works opens up the tunnels underneath the city to give visitors a firsthand look at what once was.

If Cleveland was to ever bring the old system back to life, Bryant could certainly give them some footlong pointers.