Maps

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The Difficulty of Mapping Transit 'Deserts'

It's always going to be hard to fill gaps, but locating them is a key first step.

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A Guide to Getting Around Sochi During the Games

Including a fancy new $8.7 billion rail line.

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The Global Map of Homophobia

As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.

Kelly Norton

The American Cities With the Most 'Pleasant' Weather

They're all in California, according to this NOAA-informed map.

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Mapping Where People Run

These graphics chart the most popular routes in 22 cities.

Alaska Just Suffered a Major, Avalanche-Filled Heat Wave

This new NASA visualization shows just how unusually warm Alaska was in January.

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This Map Wants to Change How You Think About Your Commute

With the help of 4.2 trillion points of data.

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The Tom Waits Map of the World

Mining the musician's lyrics to find out where, exactly, "all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes."

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These Maps Lay Out Exactly Where to Find California's Gold

Guides for prospectors, circa 1848.

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The Extent of America's (Totally Unnecessary) Whooping Cough Outbreak

The stateside spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, in one map. 

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A Tie That Can Help You Navigate the Subway

Sneak a peak and you'll never get lost again.

Jonathan Hull

A Praiseworthy Map of America's Heavenly Place Names

Urban areas show a noticeable trend toward god-revering place names.

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The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

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A Yelp for Colorado's Newly Legal Marijuana Industry

Marijuana start-up WeedMaps covers consumers' every need. 

The Quest to Create the Perfect Map

12 cartographic experiments that changed cartography.

Our Favorite Maps of 2013

These impressed us for both what they illustrated and how they did it.

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No Old Maps Actually Say 'Here Be Dragons'

But an ancient globe does.

The Alarming Spread of Prescription Drug Deaths Across the U.S.

It's no longer just Appalachia that has a problem. 

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Take a Beautiful Tour of All the Public Art in the Bay Area

After learning the official records were incomplete, a citizen mapper started building a gorgeous guide to the megacity's street art.