Maps

Mapping the Legal Pot Era in Spokane

The city has approved a local ordinance and even drawn districts for retailers — now it waits.

A Mapped History of Train Travel in the United States

On the 209th birthday of the first steam engine trip, how the Civil War impeded, then accelerated, the progress of America's trains.

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New York's 'Affordable Housing' Isn't Always Affordable

A new report finds that two-thirds of newly developed units are too expensive for local residents.

The Global Geography of Beer Monopolies

That foreign beer you're drinking may not be that exotic.

The Happiest Cities in America, According to 10 Million Tweets

People in Napa, California, sure are satisfied. And the saddest places all swear too much.

MPI's Zara Matheson

What Is It Exactly That Makes Big Cities Vote Democratic?

Not all urban areas are bastions of blue. Population, density and education all play a role.

Bike Maps That Give Riders the Info They Actually Need

In Austin, maps are color-coded by comfort level rather than traffic-engineering standards.

Here's What Would Happen if a Huge Asteroid Hit Your City

Would you dissolve in fire or would your clothes simply ignite?

Watch a Map of Lost Productivity (Otherwise Known as Tweeting)

All the tweets in the world glimmer in this entrancing visualization of real-time tweets.

Derek Eder & Juan-Pablo Velez

SimCity Reference of the Day: Chicago Zoning Map

Complete with in-game music.

Gary Gale

A Map of Dirty Place Names

Depending on your capacity for innuendo, of course.

NASA

NASA Satellite Spots Foul Pollution Trails Over Shipping Lanes

Thick trails of lung-damaging nitrogen dioxide stretch from ports in China, India and the Middle East, and fume off of coastal cities worldwide.

Mike Hicks

Visualizing How Poorly Amtrak's Route Network Serves Most of the U.S.

Some cities, you just can't reach.

Which Small Businesses Get a Bump From the Super Bowl?

Heat maps from Square highlight how concentrated the benefits from the big game really are.

Google Maps

How the Internet Reinforces Inequality in the Real World

What happens to a community with no "digital shadow" on the web?

The Best Time to Look for a House, By State

The weather plays a big role.

Facebook Data Science

Almost No One in the Western U.S. Is Rooting for the Ravens, According to Facebook Data

One more American divide to examine, ahead of Super Bowl XLVII.

Mapping the Almost-Real City

Hobbyist mapmaker Andrew Lynch is fascinated by what nearly was.

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Detroit's Property Tax Black Hole, in Map Form

An unusual map shows the city's still struggling with a foreclosure rate of epic proportions.