And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. -Thomas Jefferson
Editor's Note Welcome to the thirty-fifth issue of The Lay of the Land. In this issue we look microcosmically at the community of Culver City and macrocosmically at the nation, through a survey of its highest points. We also go from region to region across the country, reflecting the breadth of the Center’s operations. As part of the thematic focus on physical manifestations of cartographic phenomena, we wrap up our program about the various centers of the USA (a subject dear to this, and other Centers), and, at the moment, we are putting together an exhibition about surveying “points of beginning” opening early in 2012. Since the image quality and space in the printed newsletter is limited, a number of the articles here are presented a little differently on our website, www.clui.org, where full color and larger and longer photo spreads are possible. We will continue to create self-contained, printed editions of The Lay of the Land, as many of you have expressed an interest in it, and we still see value in the physical format–in fact we are made of physical formats ourselves, and expect you are too. Thanks for being there!