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Whatever Hurricane Joaquin's Track, We're Still Getting Flooded

No matter which path the hurricane ends up taking, the Mid-Atlantic is in for an absolute rain bomb.

AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

What you need to know in case Hurricane Joaquin makes landfall.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool

Why Popemageddon Traffic Jams Didn't Happen (But Still Could)

As L.A.’s Carmageddon proved a few years ago, congestion alerts can be extremely effective—until they wear off.


Why D.C. Wants to Teach Every Kid How to Ride a Bike

Starting this fall, all second graders in D.C. public schools will learn to ride in PE class.

Oran Viriyincy / Flickr

Why Rush-Hour Traffic Isn’t the Best Way to Rank Urban Mobility

Focusing on the peak period, as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute does, can miss the big picture.


Almost Half of Americans Are at Risk From Earthquakes

That’s double a U.S. Geological Survey estimate made in 2006.

Malcolm K. / Flickr

Turning Suburban Tysons Into a Walkable City Will Take Time

A year into the Silver Line era there have been some failings, but that doesn’t make the great planning experiment a failure.

Chesapeake Bay Program

The Chesapeake Bay Is Turning Into Plastic Soup

Microplastics contaminate the water on a massive scale.


The Weekend's Best Gay Marriage-Themed Drink Specials

From Scalia's Tears to Ruth Bader Gin & Juice to the Pride Cocktail Tree.


Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work.

Bryan Bello

In D.C., Homeless Filmmakers Tell Stories from the Street

A local nonprofit is giving Washington’s homeless the tools to film their experiences.

Colin Winterbottom

Breathtaking Views of Restored Monuments Damaged By the D.C. Earthquake

Photographer Colin Winterbottom also captured the hard work of the crews responsible for building and maintaining the city's monuments.

Geotaggers' World Atlas/Eric Fischer

Mapping Every City’s Most Scenic Routes, One Photo at a Time

The "Geotaggers' World Atlas" follows the path of Flickr images.

Tony Webster / Flickr

The Latest Sign of Bike-Share's Social Equity Problem

The share of Capital Bikeshare members making more than $100,000 is growing.

Library of Congress

It's Always Cherry Blossom Season in These Exquisite Japanese Woodblock Prints

Summer festivals, fall foliage, and snow also make an appearance in this Library of Congress collection.

Courtesy of David Edmondson/The Greater Marin

A Subway-Style Map of San Francisco's Historical Trains

It was created using a collection of 1937 railway timetables.

John / Flickr

The Case for Driverless Trains, By the Numbers

In 8 revealing facts and figures, plus 3 charts.


Every UFO Sighting Since 1933, Mapped

This animated data viz reveals that aliens don't shy away from cities.

Sam Droege

Glass Architecture Is Killing Millions of Migratory Birds

Architects, however, are becoming more attuned to the issue.