Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation and technology. She also authors MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles magazine, and beyond.

Like Uber, but for Cartographers

Streetcred, a blockchain-powered open-source mapping startup, will pay you to map. (And then give the data away for free.)

After Florence, the Gullah Could Face New Threats

Thousands of acres throughout the flooded Carolinas are heir’s property, a form of land ownership that leaves residents vulnerable to speculators.

How Hurricane Florence Fueled a Pop-Up Micro-Economy

Need a lift? Hit the hurricane ride board.

MapLab: To Track a Hurricane

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew block NC Highway 41 outside of Lumberton, North Carolina in 2016.

As Hurricane Florence Approaches, the Rural Carolinas Brace For Impact

Widespread poverty, lack of transportation resources, and poor internet service could complicate emergency response in a region still reeling from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

On Yelp, Gentrification Is in the Stars

Research based on years of Yelp reviews finds new grocery stores and coffee shops are indeed indicators of changing populations and rising home prices.

How Smart Should a City Be? Toronto Is Finding Out

A data-driven “neighborhood of the future” masterminded by a Google corporate sibling, the Quayside project could be a milestone in digital-age city-building. But after a year of scandal in Silicon Valley, questions about privacy and security remain.

MapLab: How Satellites Cracked Open A Gold Mine

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Weirdly, Canals and Trains Made Pre-Civil-War Americans Smaller

Why a transportation revolution had some unanticipated side effects.  

What an Anti-Transit Federal Transit Administration Looks Like

A GAO report says the FTA “runs the risk of violating federal law” as it blocks rail and bus projects.

What's Crazy About Biking to the Hospital to Have a Baby?

The stir caused by New Zealand minister Julie Anne Genter’s journey to an Auckland hospital says more about us than her.

Can Elon Musk Save Baseball?

The embattled Tesla CEO is proposing a 3.6 mile “Dugout Loop” to help get L.A. fans to Dodger Stadium.

A Bird e-scooter on a San Francisco sidewalk.

What Ends Up On the Sidewalk

Sidewalks are a last shred of safe public space. No wonder we’re fighting over them.

MapLab: Satellites on Fire

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

The $1.4 Billion Transit Fund the U.S. Government Won’t Release

From El Paso to Minneapolis, local rail and bus projects are waiting on federal money that should have arrived by now.

It's Way Too Hot on the New York City Subway

Temperatures on New York City transit platforms are reaching past 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many cars aren’t much better. How did we get here?

New York City Just Changed the Uber Game

The city council has voted to set sweeping, first-of-their-kind limits on ride-hailing services.

Inside a Pedestrian-First ‘Superblock’

A short film reveals the inner workings of Barcelona’s celebrated—and controversial—street revamps.

Partnerships between transit agencies and ride-hailing companies have boomed since 2016.

Where Ride-Hailing and Transit Go Hand in Hand

Partnerships between traditional public transportation agencies and Uber and Lyft have boomed since 2016. Where are they going?

MapLab: America’s Rivaling Regions

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.