Characterizing the Midwest in Maps and Essays.

Last week, FiveThirtyEight published the results of a survey that asked self-identified Midwesterners what states properly constitute the region: As a Midwestern expat in the Southeast, I have strong opinions on the matter (I’m totally judging you, 10% of respondents who place WY and PA in the Midwest. To wit, Meghann Marco nails the argument against Pennsylvania’s…

International recognition? Please. Why Crimea isn’t Russian until Google Maps says it is.

Every so often, the world considers what mapping really is and why it matters. Determining what cartographic elements to include and how spatial entities are represented on a map have long been subjects of occasionally-esoteric study, but sometimes it takes a major geo-political action to remind the non-geographers among us what power and influence these…