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University of Otago, NOAA

Making Connections Between the World's Newest and Oldest Maps

An interview with John Hessler, a cartography expert at the Library of Congress and one of the people behind the new book, Map: Exploring The World.

Transport for London

London Is Calling Its New Pedestrian- and Bike-Friendly Zones 'Mini-Hollands'

British streets meet Dutch street design.

Paul Sancya / AP

The Real Power of Public Housing

“The story of American public housing is one of quiet successes drowned out by loud failures,” writes the historian Ed Goetz.

Mike Stone / REUTERS

America's Leading Immigrant Cities

Trump has it backwards—large immigrant populations boost rather than hurt U.S. metros.

Screenshot via Vimeo / Streetfilms

The Grassroots Campaign to Slow Down Traffic in the U.K.

The push for 20 mph speed limits has reached millions of residents.

Phil Roeder/Flickr

September Is Measurably the Best Month for New York's Farmers' Markets

Now is the time when the most fruits and vegetables are available.

Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Melting Permafrost Could Have Huge Economic Costs

It could also contribute to extreme weather and flooding, say researchers.

New York Public Library Digital Collections

A Brief History of the 'Sad Desk Lunch'

You’re not alone, historically speaking.

Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

The Pope's Visit as Mega-Event

His Holiness is visiting three U.S. cities this week. How will this compare to other “mega-events”?

Albert Gea / Reuters

For Renters, a Bleak Future

America’s housing crisis will likely worsen during the next decade, with millions more struggling to make monthly payments.

AP Photo / Damian Dovarganes

The Children of Deportation

A new report details the devastating psychological and economic impacts.

AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian

In California, People of Color Are Hit Hardest By Environmental Hazards

Race, more than income, is strongly linked to living near pollutants of all kinds.    

Air Quality Index China

Mapping the World's Air Pollution in Real Time

A new interactive map draws data from more than 5,900 sources in nearly a thousand cities around the globe.

Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP

More and More Towns Are Falling in Love With Golf Carts

From the Atlanta suburbs to Palm Springs, golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) are increasingly found off the links.


I Spent 10 Minutes Trying to Sleep in the Napmobile

The snooze that almost was.

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Drivers Have the Most Stressful Commutes

Transit riders and walkers, who avoid the “unexpected delays” of traffic, stack up better in a new survey.

Babylon Falling

The Short Distance Between Attica and Ferguson

44 years ago this month, inmates seized control of Attica over prisoners’ rights issues—which are still flashpoints today.

REUTERS / Akintunde Akinleye

Why Nigeria’s Newest Start-Ups Are Sprouting Outside the Megacity of Lagos

A new crop of entrepreneurs have turned to smaller, less expensive markets to grow their companies.

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

The Other Affordable Housing Crisis

Mobile home park residents typically own their homes but not the ground beneath them. When land values rise, that’s a problem.