Kenneth Field et al.

Mapping the Grand Canyon's Gruesome Legacy of Death

More than 700 people have perished in the yawning crevice—here’s where and how.


Mapping the New York That Once Was

An addictive new interactive project marries a vast array of archival photos with a detailed map of the city.


The 50 States of Highly Specific Food Cravings

A new map uses Foursquare data to reveal the most unique tastes in food or drink, state by state.

Screenshot from TRAVIC

What You Can Learn Watching the Movements of an Entire Public Transportation System

An open-source, animated map features 249 global mass transit networks.

Urban Institute

The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

Who attends America’s “high-poverty” public schools—and where.


Interactive Maps Can Now Get the 'Matrix' Treatment

It’s one of many flashy design demos available on the new customizable map animation engine Tangram.

Daniel Huffman

When Rivers Look Like Subway Systems

These maps of intersecting waterbodies will make you think twice about where yours comes from.

Brick Street View

Turn Your City Into Legos With 'Brick Street View'

A Google Maps mod invites you to be a kid again.

Spotimap/Javier Arce

Songs About Your City, Mapped

Music about your metro is a click away.


It's Never Been This Easy to Find a Great Topographical Map

A new open-access tool from the U.S. Geological Survey lets you browse maps of any place, time, or scale.

Evan Tachovsky

After Nearly a Century, Redlining Still Divides Baltimore

A powerful new map of the city shows how its current poverty rates match up to racist mortgage policies of the past.

Geotaggers' World Atlas/Eric Fischer

Mapping Every City’s Most Scenic Routes, One Photo at a Time

The "Geotaggers' World Atlas" follows the path of Flickr images.


How Amateur Mappers Are Helping Recovery Efforts In Nepal

A crowdsourcing satellite-imagery site that made headlines when Malaysian Flight 370 disappeared last year is now being used to plot parts of Kathmandu in need of aid.


Another Way to Help Humanitarian Efforts in Nepal: Start Mapping

Citizen cartographers around the globe are tracing and checking roads, buildings, and open spaces to assist people on the ground. You can help.

Flickr/Meg Stewart

Indiana Drivers Paid $4.8 Million in NYC Parking Tickets Last Year

And other sad parking tales told by open data.

Walker Ashley/AP

A Monthly Guide to Peak Tornado Season in America

Where and when you'll normally encounter the most violent twisters—mapped.

SSRC/Aarian Marshall

The Geography of Well-Being

A new index takes a holistic look at America's inequalities. Yes, that's plural.

The Complete History of Paris Record Stores, From 1890 to 1960

Disquaires de Paris traces the history of vinyl record retail in the French capital.

NASA Goddard

The Deadly Geography of Landslides

Rain-driven landslides have killed at least 20,000 since 2007—here's where.