Laura Bliss


Life in an Almost-Ghost Town in the California Desert

Darwin has 35 residents, one mountain spring, and an uncertain future.  

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

This 84-Year-Old Rail Lover Is Pretty Thrilled About L.A.'s Expo Line Extension

Alan Weeks was there when the Red Cars stopped running. “Nobody ever thought we’d see it come back,” he says in a short film.

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The Nuns Who Helped Map the Night Sky

At the Vatican Observatory, four little-known sisters contributed to an international astronomy project.

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Neighborhood Parks Are Barely Reaching Their Audience Potential

Parks are the domain of the very young. As a new study points out, that’s a problem.

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How the D.C. Metro's Service Cuts Will Affect Low-Income Riders

Those with few options besides public transit need extra consideration.

REUTERS/Mike Blake

America's Road to Economic Opportunity Is Paved With Infrastructure Jobs

With millions of jobs in transportation, water, and energy opening up over the next decade, workforce development programs are essential, a new report finds.

Bicycle Stress Map

Mapping How Stressful Streets Can Limit Cycling

Montgomery County, Maryland, is using traffic-stress data to determine how biking comfort affects connectivity.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

How Badly Do New York City Subway Riders Actually Behave?

A new study finds manspreading and door-blocking are legitimate issues. Eating and pole-hogging, not so much.

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A Roundtable Review of 'High-Rise,' Where Luxury Architecture Turns Dystopic

In Ben Wheatley’s new film adaptation of the classic J.G. Ballard novel, orgies, rapes, and murders among residents are part of a literal struggle to the top.

D.C. Former Retail

The Ghosts of D.C.'s Zoning Code

A wonky Tumblr documents the city’s retail shops converted into residences, thanks to arcane zoning laws.

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California Wants to Make Drought Restrictions a Way of Life

State policymakers are trying to push water conservation without fearmongering.

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The Volunteer British Mapmakers of World War II

In this short doc, the Women’s Voluntary Service stitches a map of the British countryside.

Atlas of Emotions

An Atlas of Emotions, Inspired by the Dalai Lama

Explore the “continents” and “states” of universal feelings with this new geography-inspired interactive.

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The Bomb Damage Maps of 1940s London

Wartime surveyors charted the city’s ruined buildings in vivid color.

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Help the National Park Service Study Coyote Poop in L.A.

Scientists want to know what the animals are eating while surrounded by lots of concrete, cars, and people.

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Jane Jacobs, in Her Own Words

"Ordinary people are capable of wonderful things without even knowing they’re doing wonderful things."

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The U.S. DOT's Newest Plan to Tackle Transportation Barriers

The Every Place Counts design challenge aims to reconnect communities isolated by infrastructure.

REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Moving to a New Home Can Break Old Habits of Car Commuting

New research builds on an old lesson: To get people using transit, it’s all about timing.