Maps

photo: a commuter looks at a small map of the London Tube in 2009

Help! The London Tube Map Is Out of Control.

It’s never been easy to design a map of the city’s underground transit network. But soon, critics say, legibility concerns will demand a new look.

A photo-illustration of a county map of the U.S.

I Used This Map to Find a Happy Childhood

I was haunted by painful memories of growing up. But when I started tracking every county I’d ever visited, I found a better way of seeing my past.

The Three Personalities of America, Mapped

People in different regions of the U.S. have measurably different psychological profiles.

a photo illustration of a map from "Treasure Island"

The Treasure Map That Led Me to the Bottom of the Sea

It wasn’t always easy being a black woman in my early days as an oceanographer. But a fictional pirate and a pioneering ocean explorer helped chart my course.

a photo illustration of map of Denver

What an Old Map of Denver Can Teach a Newcomer

There’s more to the fast-changing Mile High City than beer, hiking, and skiing. An old map gave me a clue about where to look.

A Charles Booth map of streets north of London's Hyde Park.

19th-Century London’s Extreme Wealth and Poverty, Mapped

Charles Booth’s famous maps of Victorian London offer a chance to reflect on how the city has changed—and how it hasn’t.

The Map That Unlocked the Mysteries of Pittsburgh

To untangle the roads of Allegheny County, a 1940s traffic engineer devised an ingenious way to help people like me find their way around.

a photo illustration of a pictorial map of Los Angeles

The Amazing Pictorial Map That Captured the Soul of Los Angeles

Meet Joseph Jacinto Mora, the king of California pictorial cartography.

a map of Scotland

Mapping Scotland’s Grim History of Witch-Hunting

A new interactive map project from Edinburgh University charts the bloody wave of persecution directed at women accused of witchcraft in Scotland.

a photo illustration of a London Tube map from 1977

I Found My Mother With This London Tube Map From 1977

As a newly arrived immigrant from India, my mother used this London subway transit map to understand an unfamiliar city. Today, I use it to understand her.

an illustration depicting Tel Aviv in the 1920s

Mapping My Life Through a Changing Tel Aviv

Growing up in Israel, I relied on landmarks to navigate; today’s residents rely on smartphones. But what are they missing?

A Love Story in Three Maps

My relationship has unfolded across three cities. But now my boyfriend and I are heading into uncharted territory.

A photo of President Donald Trump displaying an altered map of Hurricane Dorian's anticipated track on September 4.

Yes, Maps Can Lie. But Not Like This.

Mark Monmonier, the author of How to Lie With Maps, has seen a lot of misleading and deceptive maps. But Trump’s doctored Dorian forecast is a new one.

an illustration depicting the 1527 "Carta Marina" map

The Renaissance Map That Filled My Childhood With Monsters

Growing up amid the political conflict in Northern Ireland, a 16th-century map that blended real and mythical monsters spoke to my fears and fascinations.

On Google Maps, a Town Called Atlas Keeps Disappearing

There’s proof that Atlas, Illinois, exists, and that I was once there. But its namesake grows more appropriate as the town declines.

a map of the U.S. Midwest

We Mapped ‘the Midwest’ for You, So Stop Arguing

We surveyed more than 12,000 people (and counting) about the most contentious border question in the U.S. to reveal the true geography of America’s midsection.   

a map comparing the sizes of several cities

The Commuting Principle That Shaped Urban History

From ancient Rome to modern Atlanta, the shape of cities has been defined by the technologies that allow commuters to get to work in about 30 minutes.

We Heard You Like Maps So We Made You a Playlist

Songs about maps cross all genres and emotions. Got ideas for music to add to our playlist? Leave them in the comments or tag us on Twitter.

The Children’s Book Map That Led Me Out of Depression

As a child, I loved the fantastical lands from The Phantom Tollbooth. As a troubled college student, I used them as a roadmap to self-acceptance.

Has a Map Changed Your Life? Tell Us About It.

As part of our series The Maps That Make Us, we’re asking readers to share mini-essays about a map that is especially important.