Mapping Monopoly

monopoly_carAs much as the classic game Monopoly was a perennial favorite at family gatherings when I was a kid (and I look forward to the day when my son is old enough to start learning to play) I have to admit that I never gave even a moment’s thought to the properties arranged around the board. They were just abstract things that you needed to own plenty of if you wanted a chance at winning the game.

I suppose that way down deep, I might’ve had some vague notion that the Monopoly squares were named after actual locations but I never had any notion of where that was or what those locations might really look like. Well sure enough, the properties up for grabs in the game are indeed named after real locales in and around Atlantic City, New Jersey and Nick Carr at Scouting NY recently paid a visit to those sites represented on the Monopoly board and showcased the images from his trip.

Now that I’ve seen some of the real locations that correspond with the places on the board, it gives the game a little different perspective on those deeds you buy and leverage in the game. Knowing about the Absecon Light lighthouse makes Vermont Avenue that much more appealing. And here’s a glimpse of the real version of the highly-coveted Park Place:

The real Park Place from Monopoly

Does seeing the real locations that the Monopoly properties are based on give the game a different feel for you? Does this make you wanna dust off the old classic and play it again?


  1. By the time you buy Park Place and Boardwalk level levels those columns and build hotels, the view would not matter, it is New Jersey after all. But really, all that would matter is seeing a competitor turning the corner and heading down that long highway to stop or land if you will on either property, thus feeding the retirement coffers and making another payment on the Caribbean escape plan.

    I will invest in the community chest and in the jail system if I could….those seem to be lucrative and elusive…. 🙂

    Missing you all…

  2. And here I was hoping to see some pics of the low rent properties. 😉

    Heh, always wanted to see Park Place for some reason. Now I’ll know what it looks like when my youngest step-son (now 28) serves me a rent notice on it after he’s filled it with the max number of housing and hotel developments allowed. The rotten bugger always wins.

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