Motions of Migration

How the Climate Will Change Animal Migration

Global warming over the next century means that species will move to cooler climates, but manmade barriers often stand in the way.

Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

No, Louisiana Isn't 'Losing Its Boot'

Hunks of the low-lying state are rapidly disappearing, but a “new” map is more misleading than helpful.

Igarapé Institute

Mapping 'Pre-Crime' in Rio

CrimeRadar is the world’s first publicly available crime-forecasting tool based on open-access data. But will it work?

Umit Bektas/Reuters

Visualizing the State of Global Internet Connectivity

Two maps illustrate disparities in access across the world.

PlanPhilly/Shrobona Karkun

Here Are Ten Years of Philly Block Parties, Mapped

PlanPhilly visualized a decade of city data showing street-side bacchanalia.

Anthony Denaro

Finally: A Map of NYC Transit That Includes Bus Routes

“One complex transit map, for one complex transit-reliant city.”

Andrew Small/CityLab

Why It Sucks to Play 'Pokemon Go' If You Don't Live in a White Neighborhood

The game broke the Internet, but not everywhere equally.

Nicolas Kruchten

A Platform-Centric Map of Montreal's Green Line Metro

Riders can easily determine the perfect place to await a train, relative to where they want to end up.

Transit App

The Transit App Trying to Beat Google and Apple at Mobile Mapping

A small team in Montreal has taken on the two tech giants to design a cleaner, more functional transit map.

Jason Wright

Build Your Own NYC Subway

A new game lets players and transit wonks tailor the city’s extensive but imperfect system to their needs—or overhaul it completely.


How Nighttime Darkness Illuminates the Rural Poor

University of Oxford researchers are mapping unlit areas around the world in an attempt to measure global poverty.

Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The Problem With 'Areas of Interest' on Google Maps

Real-life geographic divides are now visible in a new way.

SaveOn Energy

Mapping America's Mountains of Garbage

This mesmerizing map illustrates a century of landfills.

AP/Mark Lennihan

What Instagram Reveals About Inequality in New York City

The researchers behind “Inequaligram” mined more than 7 million photos to distill how social media reflects inequalities in the city.

Chris Whong

A New Map of New York's 'Subway Deserts'

An update to a previous project looks at areas in the city where it takes the longest to get to a subway stop.

Bing, Mark Byrnes/CityLab

A Map of the Dallas Shootings

The shootings took place around El Centro College in the heart of downtown Dallas.


A Dazzling, Animated Map of the World's Winds, Rain, and Heat

Never have deadly storms and scorching temperatures looked so lovely.

Max Galka/Metrocosm

Mapping How People Move Across the World

When it comes to migration, there’s a politically significant gap between public perception and reality.


Where America Sees Rain on the Fourth of July

Crunching the historic numbers shows Florida and New England like it moist.