Laura Bliss

AP/Bebeto Matthews

On Airpnp, Supply and Demand Heads to the Bathroom

What a peer-to-peer, pay-to-pee service says about the lack of public restrooms in Western cities.

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Why the Snow Forecast for New York City Was So Bad

"If you asked me to concoct a situation with high potential for a busted forecast, I’d concoct the one we had yesterday."

Library of Congress

Chicago, the Last Great Capital of Cartography

As America grew in the late 19th century, so did mapmaking—and Chicago was at the heart of it.

Las Vegas Through the Lens of a Location Scout

Artist Catherine Borg's newest project finds Sin City amid photographs taken for the 1995 film Casino.

Fogg Studio

Maps That You Can Hear and Touch

Scientists and architects are pioneering a new cartography for blind users.

AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian

In California's Poorest Towns, Tap Water's Legacy Is Toxic for Latinos

Correct or not, perceptions of tap water as unsafe lead many poor immigrant families to make expensive and unhealthy choices.

Diane Goes for You

Meet the Explorer Solving the Mysteries of Google Maps

A French multimedia artist invites your web-map queries with the promise to (eventually) provide a real-world answer.

visualizing.nyc

Engage in 'Transit Battle' With the NYC Bus System

Click on your location and see how many minutes you could save by integrating buses into your journey—mapped in vivid color.

PLOS One

What Makes Nature Look Natural?

Understanding the visual elements that scan as "natural" could mean better design for built environments.

Flickr/jpereira_net

India's Government Will Now 'Check and Verify the Use of Toilets'

It's an unprecedented plan aimed at eliminating open defecation across the country. Could it work?

Flickr/mendrakis

We Asked, You Answered: Our Favorite Random Acts of Urban Kindness

Your stories evoked appreciation for not only strangers, but for your cities at large.

New Orleans Residents Post Homemade Signs Warning Pedestrians Not to Walk Alone

A perceived uptick in violent crime has the French Quarter begging for more police.

Flickr/Urbonas

Send Us Your Random Acts of Urban Kindness

CityLab wants your stories of when fellow city-dwellers saved the day.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.

Michael Pederson

A Sydney Artist's Playful Street Signs Interrupt the Mundane

"I would like the viewer to reorient themselves and think about the space they inhabit with others," says Michael Pederson.

Flickr/JDHancock

The Year in Bigfoot

Two states led the nation in Sasquatch sightings, which have been on the decline since surging in the '00s.

Parable of the Polygons

An Immersive Game Shows How Easily Segregation Arises—and How We Might Fix It

"Parable of the Polygons" is playable version of Thomas Schelling's model of neighborhood segregation, with an optimistic ending.

Reuters/Gene Blevins

Was Monday's Fire in Downtown L.A. an 'Architectural Hate Crime'?

The destroyed building was to be the latest mega-complex by a detested local developer.

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Could Your Local Bike Shop Serve Women Better?

It definitely could. And a survey from Women Bike hopes to discern best practices for attracting and retaining female customers.