Aarian Marshall

Mark Byrnes

The Tragedy of Canada's Census

The country's political climate led to the switch from a mandatory census form to voluntary one. It's been a disaster for policymakers.

When the British Tried to Build Their Own Eiffel Tower

In the late 19th century, London nearly got a 1,200-foot steel monument to transcontinental jealousy.

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The Case for Prettier Staircases

Why health advocates are urging planners and architects to think more seriously about stairs.

National Park Service Division of Natural Sounds and Night Skies

The Quietest Places in America, Mapped

New data from National Park Service scientists shows that "most people live in environments where night skies and soundscapes are profoundly degraded."

Mark Byrnes

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Some cities ignore the abuse, but others have found success engaging it head on.

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Philadelphia's Quasi-Secret Effort to Make Chinese Takeout Healthier Is Working

Nearly 200 of the city’s Chinese restaurants have reduced the amount of sodium in some of their most popular dishes, and no one seemed to notice.

M2Film

The Best Public Transportation Advertisement Ever?

A Danish company is hellbent on making the bus seem cool.

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The Bus Terminal Is Dead. Long Live the Bus Terminal

Intercity bus travel is booming in the U.S. Is there a case for bringing back some decent infrastructure dedicated to it?

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Two Airlines Battle for the Soul of Seattle—and the Seahawks

How the NFC champs got caught up in a tussle over West Coast airline market share.

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Are Mobile Crime Alerts Making You Racist?

Citizens want details on crime in their neighborhoods, and law enforcement agencies are giving it to them. But there is such a thing as too much information.

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Why a 10-Minute Commercial Flight Isn't As Dumb As It Might Sound

A brief look into the endlessly complex world of passenger airline scheduling.

Reuters/Zoran Milich

Down With Selfie Sticks

Why you're better off asking a stranger to take your picture.

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14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.

Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

In Defense of Pub Crawls

SantaCon sucks. Still, cities shouldn't ban pub crawls. Here's why.

Reuters/Dominick Reuter

A Battle Over Free Speech on Public Streets May Head to the Supreme Court

A confluence of "buffer zone" cases has made Worcester, Massachusetts, a First Amendment battleground.

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It's Far Too Simple to Dismiss Staten Island for 'Being Staten Island'

Understanding the history of New York’s "forgotten borough" puts the Eric Garner case in an important context: suburbia.

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Another Blow for Atlantic City: It Lost United Airlines

What losing the non-stop Chicago and Houston routes means for the long-term future of a betting city.

Rachel Binx

Yes, Please: Customizable Map-Print Clothing

Designer Rachel Binx is offering cartographic tops and skirts powered by OpenStreetMap data.

Flickr/Boston Public Library

When People Looked Forward to Eating Airport Food

Believe it or not, Americans used to go to the airport just for eats and giggles.