Maps

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Wastelands Reborn

Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination.

WhereIsMyTransport

Mapping Cape Town's Informal Minibus Taxi Network

How a startup mapped 657 routes, nearly 1,500m and 5,500 miles in three weeks.

Nelson and Rae

Get Lost in this New-and-Improved Map of America's Megaregions

Ever been to the “Corntassel” corridor?

Sebastian Meier

A Data Visualizer Created a Mossy Map of Berlin's Green Spaces

Sebastian Meier used vegetation and a laser cutter to show the city’s parks and ponds.

DLR/DFD

An Elegant Monochrome Map of the World's Settlements

German scientists made this excruciatingly detailed simulacrum of the “global urban footprint.”

Paul Sancya/AP

What Betsy DeVos Didn't Say About School Choice

The Department of Education pick said a lot of things in her contentious Senate hearing. But she didn’t talk about how charter schools have fueled school re-segregation in urban America.

Where Europe's GDP Is Rising And Falling

These maps break down the EU’s wealth, region by region.

Tags and the City

The New York Subway System, According to Instagram

What if the city’s transit stops were renamed according to their most popular hashtags? Next stop: #cronut.

Auut Studio

A Comprehensive Map of American Lynchings

The practice wasn’t limited to the South, as this new visualization of racial violence in the Jim Crow era proves.

Geoff Boeing/OSMnx

X-Ray Your City's Street Network, With a Bit of Code

A new open-source tool lets users compare the structure of cities around the world.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Mapping the Drone War Over Pakistan

The controversial campaign of U.S. drone strikes has been intensely focused on small northern Pakistani communities near the Afghan border.

Istanbul Urban Database/MIT

The Evolution of Istanbul, In Maps

Explore the crucial milestones in the life of the now-troubled city on this interactive platform.

Sensible City Lab

Mapping the Urban Tree Canopy in Major Cities

MIT’s Treepedia reveals where the streets are greenest, and which ones could use more work.

New York City Transit Museum

New York's Second Ave Subway: A Century in Maps

A visual history of an infamously troubled project.

Sasha Trubetskoy

America’s Love of Sprawl Starts Right at the Border

Urban areas that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border have grown together, but in very different ways.

Atlas of ReUrbanism

Mapping the Value of Neighborhood 'Character'

The Atlas of ReUrbanism begins to explore how older buildings help density and affordability, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Mapping Who Will Be Hurt by D.C. Metro's Late-Night Cuts

Service workers will likely have fewer safe, affordable ways to get home after late shifts.

robbibt/Reddit

The U.S. Mapped in Shadows of the Setting Sun

See how hills and mountains would cast shadows across the land on the Summer Solstice.

EMCDDA

Mapping the Changes in Europe's Drug Use

Sewer water analysis unlocks some hidden patterns.