Garrett Dash Nelson

Garrett Dash Nelson

Garrett Dash Nelson is the incoming curator of maps and director of geographic scholarship at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library.

A satellite image of Manhattan with an orange square superimposed, indicating one square kilometer.

What Micro-Mapping a City's Density Reveals

Exploring density by the square kilometer reveals as much variation within cities as between them—and shows that raw statistics can be deceptive.

How NIMBYs Made ‘Back Yard’ Mean ‘Entire Neighborhood’

What part of a city or community makes up somebody’s “back yard”? NIMBYs think it’s the whole thing.

What Would a Good Electoral Map Even Look Like?

Using a score he named after the inventor of gerrymandering, one geographer discovers a huge variation in how well congressional districts match up with commuter regions consisting of interconnected urban, suburban, and rural areas.

The Deception of Density

If we think carefully about the flaws in measuring how dense a place is, we can better articulate what we actually value about urbanism.