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14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.

Christina Davidson

How the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness Begins—and Ends

Untreated mental illness, addiction, and childhood trauma can spin a life out of control. This is a story about taking it back.

AP Photo/Andre Penner

2014: An Epic Year for Climate Change and Other Weather-Related Disasters

Extreme heat, record-breaking floods, and a terrifying tornado in oil country—all in all, a year we can't afford to forget.

Google

The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

From driverless cars to safety initiatives, it was quite a year for advancements in mobility.

Guinness World Records

The Intense Competition to Be the World's Most Decorated House

This year, winning took 601,736 lights.

Christopher Michel/Flickr

Tourism to Antarctica Could Be Making Penguins Sick

One group of researchers found 20 different pathogens on 15 pairs of travelers' boots.

Sudaca/Caro Patlis

A Bare-Bones Electric Motorcycle for Green Urban Riding

This ultralight bike is designed to cut pollution and slice through traffic jams.

AP Photo/Diana Haecker

Confronting Climate Change in an Alaskan Village: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Garrett Miller/Eric Fischer at Mapbox

Mapping the Paths Most Traveled

What we can learn from where people walk, run, and ride their bicycles.

Isaac Kasamani

In Kampala, an App for Motorcycle-Sharing

SafeBoda's backers want to streamline Kampala's motorcycle taxi industry and foster a culture of road safety.

Reuters/Carlo Allegri

The Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headache

Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?

Reuters/Charles Platiau

Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming 'Ghettos for the Rich'

The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen.

Reuters/China Daily

Here's Where All Those Cheap Santa Hats and Plastic Snowmen Come From

A massive amount of holiday-related merchandise is produced in the Chinese city of Yiwu.

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.

Wilson Wong/Flickr

Where Can Singaporeans Relax? At the Comedy Club

In a city-state that's wary of talk about race and religion, a burgeoning stand-up scene offers a welcome respite.

AP/Mohammed Ballas

The Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic Development

Economic success may be tied to the fact that not all of your neighbors are celebrating the same winter holiday as you.

Leah Thompson

Inside China's 'Back to the Land' Movement

At the same time China is rapidly urbanizing, a new documentary explores how some former city-dwellers are trying to revitalize the countryside.

Charles Nadeau / Flickr

The Chart That Toppled San Diego's Long-Term Transportation Plan

And could strengthen climate policies in California cities for years to come.

Flickr/Sebastiaan ter Burg

Should Cities Give Hackathons Another Look to Improve Digital Infrastructure?

A 36-hour coding session in Boston recently helped revamp the city's permit system.