Placing JG's portal made me think once again of a subject I discussed with a few people a while back - namely that of splitting the hub network up more. 21 clicks to a gate destination is ridiculous!
When I get a chance I'll map out all the gates linked from the core hubs, and see what would result if we split them up into N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW hubs (or suggestions on other possible layouts? EG we have two rings of hubs, an inner and outer?).
If I can come up with a reasonable layout, would people be behind me doing this?