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2012's Year in Maps

It's been an eventful year for cartography.

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Seattle Tries Again to Outlaw Assault Weapons: This Week in Bans

Also, a Canadian city goes after bullies and a Chicago alderman takes the war on pigeons to a new level.

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The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

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This Most Recent Decline in U.S. Violent Crime Is Different From the Last One

Homicide rates have fallen significantly in some places. Does economic development deserve the credit?

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'Oakland Is the Newark of the West Coast'

And other metrophors.

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The 'Strong Core' Theory of Los Angeles

Samuel Krueger believes he's identified a structure to L.A. that's not unlike Manhattan or Chicago's Loop.

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The Greening of America's Taxis

With car ownership falling, taxis are more important than ever.

6 Videos That Show the Fascinating Ebb and Flow of Regional Transit

These maps track the movement of transit vehicles in various cities over the course of 24 hours.

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Mapping the 'Demand' Side of Prostitution

The geography of modern "john" shaming.

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Airports: Where the Jobs Are

17 percent of American workers work within 10 miles of a major airport.

The Portrait of the Artist as Urban Planner

When he's not doing his day job, planner Neil Freeman likes to render the city in abstract and unique ways.

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'Drivelapse' of the Day: Route 66 in 3 Minutes

Brian DeFrees captures the big and small spots along the highway.

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To Get America Growing Again, We Have to Look to Our Most Productive Metro Areas

The United States is not just as a single national economy but a collection of city and metro economies, and they're growing at starkly different rates.

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The Global Gateways That Connect America to the World

Just five metro areas move nearly 40 percent of all U.S. international passengers.

Imagining the Colorful Adventures of a Stolen Bicycle

The meaning of this little film seems to be: If your bike is stolen, it's probably being ridden by somebody who loves it a lot more than you.

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Housing the Invisible: Finding Homes for LGBT Seniors

They often feel particularly isolated and alone. But a small group of developers is trying to change that.

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The Strike Is Over, But Chicago Public Schools Face an Even Uglier Fight

Officials may close as many as 100 public schools in Chicago this year. But the politics of right-sizing are never easy.

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The Ecstasy, the Agony: Reactions to Election 2012

Revelry and misery at bars, watch parties and rallies across the country.

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Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible'

This is quite an elaborate way to avoid parking tickets.