Aarian Marshall

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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.

Flickr/Rabi Abanour c/o Right of Way

Friday's Verrazano Bridge Protesters Join a Long History of Pro-Bike Activism

New Yorkers have been advocating for a bike and walking path for as long as the bridge has been around: 50 years.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Kentucky Hopes You'll Eat Its Invasive Carp

If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em?

Reuters/Lucas Jackson

A Brief History of City Branding Disasters

RIP Taylor Swift?

Flickr/Daniel Ramirez

Like Most Cities, Lafayette, Indiana, Is Swarming With Feral Cats

One Midwestern town tries a softhearted approach to the management of free-roaming felines: calling in "Colony Caretakers"

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The Life and Death of the Great American Halloween Pop-Up Store

What can the vicissitudes of a very nichey (and spooky) industry teach us about the economic recovery?

Reuters/Keith Bedford

Who Are Better People, Democrats or Republicans?

Just in time for Election Day, a new analysis shows that we all even out in the end.

Flickr/Andrew Catellier

Boulder, Colorado, Has More Toilets Than People

A new and vital analysis from the real estate company Redfin ranks U.S. cities by toilet availability.

Flickr/Daniel Rodriguez

How Skyrocketing Development in Texas Could Suck the State Dry

The Lone Star State is losing open space faster than any other, and that's bad news for the water cycle.

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It's Deer-Collision Season

Deer collisions rise precipitously in autumn—so watch out, West Virginia, Iowa, and Pennsylvania.

Reuters/Susana Vera

Your Dog Probably Won't Give You Ebola—But It Could Give You Lots of Other Things

A visual guide to the nasties possibly lurking inside your best friend.

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NYC's Smartphone-Tracking Phone Booths Do Not Mark the Data Privacy Apocalypse

When it comes to targeted advertising, there's much, much worse out there.

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How Teleconferencing Could Help Urban Schools Solve a Mental Health Crisis

"Tele-mental health" services are fast, cheap, and effective—especially as the number of trained professionals in schools dwindles.