The densest square kilometer of New York City, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, contains 42,673 people. Garrett Dash Nelson/OpenMap Tiles

What Micro-Mapping a City’s Density Reveals

Exploring density by the square kilometer reveals as much variation within cities as between them—and shows that raw statistics can be deceptive. Garrett Dash Nelson Density is one of the most important urban characteristics. A high-density city like New York looks, feels, and...
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