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Using Insights and Incentives to End Rush Hour

A start-up called Urban Engines believes data analysis and commuter lotteries can help cities reduce congestion.

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European and American Mayors Worry About Very Different Things

In the U.S., cities prioritize efficiency and customer service. Across the Atlantic, the focus is on unemployment and energy waste.

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Have U.S. Light Rail Systems Been Worth the Investment?

Despite modest success, most systems have neither increased mass transit commute share nor the vitality of city centers.

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How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

The method recently worked in an experiment that analyzed Chicago crime, but privacy questions abound.

Reuters

Why We Shouldn't Obsess Over the Falling Homeownership Rate

The economy doesn't need more homeowners right now. It needs more households.

Reuters

What the Future of Driverless Cars Will Actually Look Like

Tallying the potential benefits in fewer accidents, less fuel needed, and more road capacity.

FourSquare

Dazzling Timelapse Videos of Millions of FourSquare Check-Ins

In six global cities.

Jonathan Hull

A Succinct History of 220 Years of U.S. Population Growth, in 52 Seconds

An animation of western expansion.

Luminocity GB

These Spell-Binding Visualizations Map British Cities by Density

An interactive platform for urban data geeks or anyone who just wants to look at something pretty.

StreetCred

Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

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Yes, GIS Files Are Public Data, Too

California affirms that cities can't withhold digital mapping information.

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Are Civic Hackathons Stupid?

An argument against the popular (and unpaid) app design contests.

Urban Institute

Poverty Maps From 1980 Look Astonishingly Different Compared to 2010

In every metropolitan area in the U.S.

DataParis

Yes, Paris Is Wealthy, But Some Parts Are Much Wealthier Than Others

A series of maps reveals the subtlety of central Parisian economic geography.

Oliver O’Brien

A Real-Time Bike-Share Map for the Entire World

About 13,000 people were out riding shared bicycles across the globe this afternoon.

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America's Biggest and Fastest-Growing Cities

8 of the country's 15 fastest-growing cities are in Texas.

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.

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).

Schema Design

What Public Transit Data Teaches Us About How People Use a City

What does a city look like when viewed through the movement of its riders?