Maps

3 Depressing GIFs That Illustrate Who's Failed by Public Transit

This is what a subway map looks like when you remove every stop that isn't wheelchair accessible.

How Cold Does It Have to Be Before Cities Are Required to Shelter the Homeless? Depends on Where You Are

A survey of varying mandates.

A Detailed Map of the Net Migration Flows for Every U.S. County

People are leaving Minneapolis for Florida, Detroit for the suburbs, and Washington for New York.

The American Cities With the Most 'Pleasant' Weather

They're all in California, according to this NOAA-informed map.

This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.

2 Maps That Show Where Obamacare Is and Isn't Working, and Why

The single greatest predictor for where the healthcare law's exchanges are successful? Which party controls the state government.

How Much Snow It Typically Takes to Cancel School in the U.S.

The geography of the snow day, courtesy of Reddit user atrubetskoy.

The Google Bus Didn't Cause San Francisco to Become Super Expensive, But It May Be Accelerating the Process

A visual study.

Famous Subway Maps, Reimagined as Vintage Super Mario Brothers Games

Yup, it's all there, from the 8-bit landscapes of toadstools and Koopa Troopas to Peach's Castle.

Mapping the U.S. Metros Where High Unemployment Could Persist for Years

Yes, there are still plenty of places that are unlikely to rebound until 2018 or later. 

Navigating L.A.'s Future Subway System, as Seen in 'Her'

The public transit map Theodore Twombly would have used to get around.

This Map Wants to Change How You Think About Your Commute

With the help of 4.2 trillion points of data.

The Tom Waits Map of the World

Mining the musician's lyrics to find out where, exactly, "all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes."

The Narrow Geography of the Grammy Awards

Half of the nods for this year's biggest awards went to artists living in L.A., New York, or Nashville.

The Extent of America's (Totally Unnecessary) Whooping Cough Outbreak

The stateside spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, in one map. 

10 Years of London Underground Ridership Data in One Map

A picture of growth across space and time.

How the Western World Enables China's Air Pollution

Americans and Europeans are partly to blame for the smog floating over the Pacific, say researchers.

This Warped Map Shows Global Warming's Biggest Offenders

International boundaries look a lot different when you judge a country by its greenhouse-gas emissions.

Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World

They can act as economic engines for entire countries.