Maps

NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life

Follow a Real New York Taxi's Daily Slog

Thirty days, 30 random cabbie journeys based on actual location data.

Google Maps

Google Maps Has Finally Added a Geodesic Distance Measuring Tool

Helicopter owners and tech-savvy birds, rejoice. You can now map the literal shortest distance to your destination.

USGS

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.

NCDC

A Reality Check on the Hottest Times of Year Across America

Mapping when temperatures hit the max all over the U.S.

U.S. Government Printing Office/HistoryShots

A Brilliantly Restored 19th Century Visualization of U.S. City Population Shifts

A map and data enthusiast found this colorful chart that tracks where the United States grew and shrunk between 1790 and 1890. 

Mother Jones

These Maps Show How Many Brutally Hot Days You're Likely to Suffer When You're Old

It could be over 95 degrees most of the year in Florida by the time Millennials retire. 

Google Maps

Google Street View Is Finally in Athens, and It Was Well Worth the Wait

You can see what it actually feels like to live in a 5000-year-old city.

Heather Ainsworth/AP Images for Syracuse University

High-School Dropouts and College Grads Are Moving to Very Different Places

Cities like Washington and San Francisco are gaining the highly skilled but losing their less-educated workforce.

The Corrected Geography of the Proclaimers' '500 Miles'

Where the early 1990s Scottish rockers could walk, if they actually walked 500 miles and then 500 more.

Seismograph

Where Bicycles Are Stolen in San Francisco

And these are only the ones that get reported. 

Strava

Where in the World People Are Exercising

Marvel at these global heat maps of popular cycling and running routes.

Reuters

We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

A process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.

AP Photo/NASA

The Economic Data Hidden in Nighttime Views of City Lights

Getting satellite luminosity data right could help us better understand what works and what doesn't in urban development.

Vignelli Associates

Remembering the Designer Who Changed the Way We Think About Transit Maps

Massimo Vignelli, who died Tuesday at the age of 83, brought simplicity to American graphic design.

Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Google Maps, the Washington Monument Is a Sundial

And it moves to reflect the real position of the sun.

Londonmmapper.co.uk

Browsing an Incredible New 'Social Atlas of London'

With Londonmapper, we can visualize anything from knife crime to hedgehog sightings in the British capital.

AP

The Uneven U.S. Jobs Recovery Is Even Clearer When Tracked Per Capita

California added 900,000 new jobs during the recovery, but they were spread over the state's 38 million residents.

AP

Mapping Three Decades of Rising Income Inequality, State by State

U.S. income inequality increased 15 percent between 1979 and 2012, but the story varies across different parts of the country.

Reuters

The Geography of the Anti-Agenda 21 Movement

A look at the legislation that's undermining sustainable planning across the U.S.