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The Motley Roots of Data Visualization in 19th Century Census Charts

A Handsome Atlas celebrates Uncle Sam’s data chops by reproducing three Statistical Atlases from the late 1800s.

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In Minneapolis, Reducing Bike Crashes by Studying Them in Detail

A new analysis of accidents from 2000-2010 finds that drivers and riders share equal fault, but not equal suffering.

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A Striking Pattern to D.C.'s Metrorail Ridership on Inauguration Day

This is what it looks like when hundreds of thousands of people stand still at the exact same time.

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Voice-Operated Texting While Driving: As Unsafe As It Ever Was

A new California law says drivers can text and email via voice systems safely — but the evidence begs to differ.

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The 'Best' Ways to Incite Road Rage

We're looking at you, erratic lane weavers.

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A Breakdown of What Exactly Is in Beijing's Filthy Air

Climate Desk lays out the contents of China's air pollution.

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How Economic Segregation Spreads Crime Like a Virus

Integration is the best way to make our cities safer.

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How the Federal Government Dramatically Skews the U.S. Real Estate Market

A new report details the $450 billion annual federal investment in what gets built in America.

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Redefining Inequality So It Actually Means Something

Measures that don't account for location fail to capture purchasing power differences.

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The Death of the American Shopping Mall

Stores don't need nearly as much retail space as they used to, and this is seriously hurting the country's real estate market.

9 Technologies for Building the 'Road of the Future'

Cities around the world are reinventing the highway with things like de-icing pavements, color-changing paint and wind-powered street lights.

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The Mystery of Our Declining Mobility

Americans moved less than ever between 2005 and 2010 — but no one seems to know why.

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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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6 Timelines That Explain America's Persistent Gun Culture

Trends in gun ownership, attitudes and violence have shifted notably over the past few decades.

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A Whopping 369,000 Americans Missed Work Because of Sandy

The super storm may not have stopped companies from hiring, but it did wreak havoc with people's ability to get to their jobs.

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The Stark Geographic Inequality of the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

A small number of coastal cities get the bulk of the benefit.

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Diversity: Another GOP Disadvantage

At what thresholds of diversity does a single county turn blue?

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Cyclists and Pedestrians Can End Up Spending More Each Month Than Drivers

They may buy less per visit. But over the course of a month, bikers out-consumed drivers at bars, restaurants and convenience stores.

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How Our Current Tax System Is Failing Cities

Levying fees on income and property just isn't working anymore. Cities need to be able to charge people who commute in.