Henry Grabar

Rosenwald Collection/Library of Congress

2012's Year in Maps

It's been an eventful year for cartography.

Anthony Sherin

Urban Artifact of the Day: A Street Corner Piano

Go ahead, play a few notes.

Reuters

A Transit Chief in the Mayor's Office?

MTA leader Joe Lhota is expected to resign today to prepare for a mayoral run.

Ralph Hockens/Flickr

America's Most Cutthroat Christmas Tree Market

A bitter feud between two men has sent the price of trees in New York City sky-high.

Lifehacker

Temperature of the Day: -41, in Novosibirsk

Colder than the frost on a champagne glass!

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Mass Transit Improvement of the Day: 24 New Tram Stations in Paris

The French capital's third tramway extension in a month.

Reuters

Newtown Is a Pretty Typical Connecticut Community

A New England town with a touch of the Gold Coast.

Planning Corps/Erik Galipo

Urbanist Portmanteau of the Day: Funderpass

This one should have been invented a while ago.

Erik Trinidad/YouTube

City-Themed Holiday Card of the Day: A 'Virtual Geoglyph'

Season's Greetings from a bicycle geek.

MOOZ

A Belgian Christmas Tree Made Entirely of Tea Cups and Dinner Plates

Gelukkig kerstfeest!

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Disaster History, Brought to You By Google

On Japan's tsunami-battered coast, a new way to remember the devastation.

Urban Air

Urban Forest of the Day: An L.A. Billboard Made of Bamboo

It'll come complete with a hydration system, climate monitors, and a Wifi connection to make that data available to the public.

Kacper Pempel/Reuters

European Soccer Has Reorganized Around Cities, and It Could Be Awesome

Europe's 2020 soccer championship will, for the first time, not be awarded to any particular set of countries.

Laverrue/Flickr

Stat of the Day: Bicycle Fatalities Rose 8.7 Percent From 2010 to 2011

The vehicle fatality rate dropped, though.

Outdoor Smoking Bans: Impossible to Enforce, or Inevitable?

Declaring public space smoke-free is becoming exponentially more common. Enforcing it is not.

Gary Cameron/Reuters

Trade of the Day: The FBI for the Redskins

Border diplomacy.

WNYC

Mapping the New York Neighborhoods With the Most Out-of-Towners

Out-of-state migrants are skipping the outer boroughs and heading straight to Manhattan.

Deadspin

New Identity of the Day: The New Orleans Hornets Become the Pelicans

Let's go Pels!

Polaron/Wikimedia Commons

Inevitable Commercialism of the Day: New Hampshire May Sell Naming Rights to Infrastructure

Seriously, how did it take this long?