Maps

Reuters

The Forgotten Urban Transportation Problem We Should Be Trying to Fix

Freight is crippling metro areas, but it's rarely part of city planning.

Reuters

How Climate Change May Reshape Tornado Season

Of all the weather phenomena, from droughts to hurricanes, it's hardest to figure out how a warmer planet will impact Tornado Alley. Here's why.

Reuters

The States That Use the Most Green Energy

Texas leads the nation in wind power; in Washington, hydroelectric dams provide 60 percent of the state’s energy.

Leetaru et al.

How Twitter Is Changing the Geography of Communication

New research suggests that location plays a smaller role now in who we talk to and what we talk about.

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Lower State Income Tax Does Not Spur Economic Development

States with higher per capita tax collection rates are more affluent, with higher concentrations of talent and highly educated people.

MapFrappe

Compare Cities, Streets and Other Shapes With This Cartographic Mixing Machine

Curious to know what the Champs-Elysees might look like in Midtown Manhattan? Forget the square footage and just put it there.

Wikipedia Recent Changes Map

A Live Map of the Manic Ways People Edit Wikipedia

The map offers a nifty live survey of people's utterly random interests (or perceived areas of expertise).

Google

A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth

A new interactive project from Google, NASA and the US Geological Survey.

Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today

Mega-collector David Rumsey explains how maps are an "archive of information."

Everybody Already Hates the Google Maps Redesign

And they aren't even coming out until next week.

OSM

This Cutting-Edge Map Tool Turns Anyone Into a Cartographer

OpenStreetMap debuts a new map editor that will close the gap between grassroots mapping and its giant industry rivals.

Dots on a Bus

Your Rush-Hour Commute as an Animated Cartoon

A playful take on serious transit data.

Sarah Lawrence

Delicious Map of the Day: A Pizza Map of All the Pizza Places in Atlanta

Sarah Lawrence, a design student, also created a cake map of the city's bakeries.

NHC

Where Working Households Are Struggling the Most to Pay Their Rent

More than a quarter of America's working renter households now spend a majority of their income on rent.

Shutterstock

Telling the Story of Inequality on Public Transit, With Maps

A mash-up of poverty rates and transit quality from San Francisco.

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Does Having Lots of Local Governments Help or Hurt Economic Development?

The number of local governments per capita is negatively correlated with key measures of state economic performance.

David Rumsey/DPLA

Explore 38,000 Historical Maps, Online and Searchable

The Digital Public Library of America announces the addition of a vast treasure trove of maps.

Google Earth

DIY Mapping Goes Mainstream

Some of the best images on Google Earth, brought to you by random people.

ThankYouLondon

Gratitude Map of the Day: Thank You London

Something to be thankful for, from Mitcham to Highgate Hill.