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MapLab: More to Hide Than You Thought

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape. Welcome to the sixth edition of MapLab. Sign up to receive this newsletter in your inbox here. Compass points: The perils of data-sharing Fitness apps: all fun and games, until someone’s spy base is outed by a 20-year-old Australian university student. So goes the story of Strava, […]

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How to Get Electricity From Your City’s Drinking Water

The method has little environmental impact and uses existing infrastructure. So why isn’t it more popular? [embedded content] Portland, Oregon—known to some as “Bridge City”—has an intimate relationship with the water that flows beneath it. During hot summer months, residents cool off by floating down the Willamette River. Its iconic bronze drinking fountains (also known […]

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New York City Guarantees a Lawyer to Every Resident Facing Eviction

On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an act that guarantees legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. This is the first law in the nation to establish a right to counsel in housing cases, the culmination of a push by activists and organizers that started in 2014. The […]

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The Politics of the Dog Park

From the thin shade of a pine tree at Laurel Canyon Dog Park, Amber Freeman, a contractor for a local dog-walking company, keeps an eye on her 30 canine charges. Two other co-workers have met her here to mind the pack, which they’ve picked up from neighborhoods all over Los Angeles. At least six other […]

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The Berlin Borough Buying Out Private Landlords

To stop landlords from hiking up rents, one Berlin borough is taking drastic action: blocking the sale of a building and buying it up for the government. Earlier this week, the inner-city borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg announced that it wouldn’t allow a privately-owned tenement to be sold to an international investor. Instead, officials are directing the […]