Laura Bliss

An Overpass Built For a Bear

Oslo’s new “bee highway” is just one part of an emerging trend in highway infrastructure.

A Psychiatrist for Your City: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Who Owns the Digital Map of the World?

As OpenStreetMap grows, companies like Mapbox are a threat to the long reign of Google Maps. And that’s a good thing.

Pink Flamingos and the Landscape of American Taste

What the iconic lawn ornament says about class and aesthetics.

The Broken Promise of Public Housing in New Orleans: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

What the Uber Employee Ruling Means for the Future of Work

The accountability gap between companies and contract workers may be slowly closing.

A 19th Century-Style Atlas, Made With New Census Data

The traditional style of these maps and graphs engage the eye in a way most contemporary visualizations don’t.

Can Sex Sell Water Conservation?

Exploring the best strategies to campaign for true behavioral change.

In These Powerful Maps, Cities Fracture Along Racial Lines

An ongoing project visualizes segregation data in urban areas.

Class Warfare and the California Drought

Ultra-wealthy Californians refusing to conserve water may signal the beginning of a much bigger attitude crisis.

El Niño or Not, Floods Are Coming to California

Deluges tend to follow droughts. Are cities prepared?

Why the Bay Area's $6 Billion Bridge Is Already Defective: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Photographing the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence

Ignacio Evangelista's "The Line on the Map" captures the stark, literal division between nations.

Vintage Menus Show What It's Like 'To Live and Dine in L.A.'

A new anthology proves L.A.’s historic menus are also delicious cultural artifacts.

What a Battle Over Street Vending Says About the Future of L.A.

If the city is serious about improving sidewalk culture, it should decriminalize selling food there.

Where There's Still a Middle Class

A new tool reveals cities in which the gap between the highest and lowest earners is smallest.

D.C.'s Polluted Rivers Are Getting a Green Makeover

But will all residents reap the same benefits?

Mapping the Surge in L.A.'s Homelessness Epidemic

Across L.A. County, more people are living on the streets today than in recent years.

How Maps and Apps Create a Sense of Place: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on technology, cartography, and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.