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This view is centered on Tulsa, but you can look anywhere and watch the process of development and road-building.
A virtual time machine! See this Daily Mail story for some beautiful examples of photographed urban history from the New York City Municipal Archives.
"Welcome to the New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery of over 870,000 images. Selected from the world-class historical collections of the Archives, most of these unique photographs, maps, motion picture and audio recordings are being made accessible for the first time. Visitors are invited to explore and search the collections individually, or across all collections by keyword or any of the advanced search criteria. The gallery includes many complete collections; for others, only representative samples are currently on display. Visitors are encouraged to return frequently as new content will be added on a regular basis. Patrons may order reproductions in the form of prints or digital files; most images can be licensed for commercial use. Please see the order page for further details."
The evolution and surprising extent of Montreal below ground.
Lots of tradeoffs involved in making a readable, useful map of a subway system -- depicting the schematic relationships between lines and stations, depicting relationships with the above-ground street network and landmarks, depicting distance while rendering congested areas with clarity. Here are 20 different approaches to redrawing the Washington Metro map. Vote for your favorites!
Safeway has extensively remodeled its store near Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, but managed to maintain the store's footprint and most of its structure.
Click this link for a Google Maps view of the Berkeley Safeway before and after -- the aerial view is before, the satellite view is after.
And after 7 years, Oakland has greenlighted a replacement for the College and Claremont Safeway in the Rockridge neighborhood. It has parking on the roof and does a nice job of filling in an underused corner.
This is a blogger after my own heart: Photos and detailed reviews of coffeehouses in San Francisco and Seattle from the perspective of someone who intends to "camp out" and work on a laptop for a while. Each coffeehouse is rated on a scale of 0 to 5 in 10 different categories: food, coffee, wi-fi (is it secure, steady, free, fast?), ambiance, noise, plugs, parking, comfort, bathroom, and art.
Smart parking meters keep track of parking availability in congested districts. A special app built on Google Maps lets you know where parking can be found and how much it will cost.
Interactive maps show each county in the US color-coded for two different "consumer targeting frameworks" -- Patchwork Nation and Esri's Tapestry. Point at a county, see how it's categorized, its median income, and the change in income over the last decade. Tulsa County is classified as "Boom Towns" (Patchwork), "Traditional Living" (Tapestry), with a 2010 median income of $50,267, increasing 0.4% over the decade.
Best and worst city flags in America according to a survey of the North American Vexillological Association. Tulsa and Oklahoma City are down near the bottom of the list, along with other cities that merely slap their seal on a rectangular piece of cloth. Wichita's is quite nice. (Via TheAtlanticCities.com, which has some examples of nice flags from outside the US.)