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Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.<p>Early Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched a Historical Topographic Map Explorer, allowing cartography lovers to easily pore through the agency's expansive collection.<p>With the help of …

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place

A Brooklyn group tracked the history of the city's urban-renewal projects—and gave some still-vacant spots a future.<p>New York is a city that seems to reinvent itself over and over again, often in chaotic and unpredictable ways. Buildings go up and buildings come down. Lots sit empty. Most of the …

Does San Francisco's Smart Parking System Reduce Cruising for a Space?

By most measures, yes. By one big one, maybe not.<p>Last week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency released yet more evidence that the city's SFpark system has been a great success. SFpark changes meter rates based on parking demand to maintain an average occupancy between 60 and 80 …

A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans

The Municipal Art Society has created a resource to alert residents to neighborhood building plans they'd otherwise never get to weigh in on.<p>The formula is simple enough: First, determine the floor-area ratio (FAR), that is, the total building floor area permitted on a lot. Then, multiply that FAR …

Hackers of the Renaissance

Claire sez, "Today on OMNI Reboot: architect and history buff Pablo Garcia digs through Renaissance history to discover that hacking is a mindset …

Top 20 DJ Mixes of 2013 So Far

Once upon a time, DJ mixtapes were for the faithful. Today, it’s the opposite – everyone can access them, and more and more, they do. By the time you …

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