Design

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.

Maps

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.

A Deadly Expressway in the Middle of an Olmsted Park

After the death of a child on the Scajaquada, or New York Route 198, Buffalo locals are demanding changes.

Don't Hold Out Much Hope for This 'Real, Rideable' Hoverboard

The Lexus prototype isn’t yet practical for the skate park.

Confederate Flags Are Falling, But What Will That Change?

Southern cities are lowering the flags and considering bringing down Confederate memorials, too. But the character of a city is harder to transform.

Pink Flamingos and the Landscape of American Taste

What the iconic lawn ornament says about class and aesthetics.

How Can We Understand the Charleston Shootings? With This Syllabus

A group of professors have created the #Charlestonsyllabus to illustrate the histories of faith, race, and violence that collided in a mass murder.

Downtown Cleveland Is Turning a Traffic Hub Into a Public Park

Cleveland is the latest city to call on James Corner, the landscape architect behind New York’s High Line, to revive an urban park.

Germany Slaps This Weird Car Sculpture With a Parking Ticket

The citation was for “Gross Violation of Physical Laws.”

To Improve Street Safety, San Francisco Bans Cars From Turning

The changes to Market Street traffic come under the city’s Vision Zero plan.

CityFixer

Seattle to Law-Abiding Drivers: Here's a Gift Card

As part of its Vision Zero plan, the city is rewarding everyday acts of safety.

Poll: What Limits Should We Impose on Drones?

Is it okay to use quadcopters for advertising, traffic management, or police surveillance?

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.

Texas Built a Confederate Memorial on a Street Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Short of removing existing Confederate symbols, maybe we could stop building new ones?

Black Charleston Residents Were Targeted Well Before the Tragic Shootings

“You have to go,” the alleged killer reportedly said to black church members. That’s not the first time they’ve heard that.

Reviving the Dead Spaces Under Elevated Structures

A new report from the Design Trust for Public Space outlines how.

Cleveland Can't Handle a Beer Called 'Sweet Baby Jesus'

A grocery chain pulled the messianic brew after customer complaints.

CityFixer

A Case Study in Bike-Friendly Suburban Planning

It’s not just possible, it’s happening in Houten.

Maps

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.