Emily Badger

Reuters

It Really Only Took About 20 Years for the U.S. to Turn Smokers Into Pariahs

How a policy built on very little data has transformed the way we view smoking.

UrbanObservatory

Prepare to Waste Your Day With This Fascinating City Comparison Tool

Metros across the world don't speak the same language. But maps can.

Reuters

What Does a Comptroller Actually Do?

Could Eliot Spitzer really reinvent the job?

Shutterstock

Maybe Bowling Alone Isn't So Bad After All

How clubs and community choirs may have contributed to the rise of Nazi Germany.

Anne Stauche

Reverse-Skeuomorphism of the Day: A Zoomable Paper Map

Watch out, Google.

Jaak Kaevats

5 Minutes in the Life of a Sidewalk

A clever data visualization of how we move through shared space.

Reuters

Why the Lowest Income Families Might Care the Most About Their Neighborhoods

For starters, they have fewer prospects for moving anywhere else.

Flickr/Andrew Eland

Are Civic Hackathons Stupid?

An argument against the popular (and unpaid) app design contests.

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Hanging Out in Your Garage Is Not a Crime, Except When it Is

A strange story from Dearborn, Michigan.

mydotnyc.com

Line Up Now for Your .NYC Domain Names

Prepare for the (online) land grab.

Yelp

A Heat Map Dining Guide to Hoagies, Hipsters and Bacon

Thanks to Yelp reviews.

Urban Institute

Poverty Maps From 1980 Look Astonishingly Different Compared to 2010

In every metropolitan area in the U.S.

Phototrails

The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.

Albert Duce

A Remarkably Simple Idea to End the Cycle of Abandoned Factories

Make the companies that build these places buy insurance policies to pay for dismantling them.

Mark Marek Photography

Where We're Obsessed With Zombies

And what this says about the geography of the web.

Reuters

12 Very Real Voter-Suppression Tactics Experts Now Worry Will Come Back

These are exactly the kinds of policies the Voting Rights Act was designed to prevent.

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A Small Number of People Are Causing a Huge Share of Our Greenhouse Emissions

Blame their big houses and outsized driving habits.

Reuters

Transit Agencies Are Finally Fighting Back Against an Infamous Patent Troll

The American Public Transportation Association has filed a lawsuit to halt "frivolous" cases brought by a mysterious company based in Luxembourg.

Reuters

The New Geography of Gay Marriage Still Looks a Lot Like the Old One

Without a constitutional protection, America's familiar cultural divides may only grow deeper.