Laura Bliss, Bloomberg

Laura Bliss


San Francisco, CA, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Will San Francisco Ban Cars From the Heart of its Biggest Park?

Lawmakers are debating whether to keep vehicles off a major road in Golden Gate Park. But opponents of the car ban worry about disability access and other issues. → Read More

MapLab: Celebrating Our New Map Book

In April 2020, Bloomberg CityLab asked readers to create a map of how Covid-19 had suddenly reshaped their lives. We received more than 600 maps from people on five continents, and published multiple galleries showcasing their striking visual documents of pandemic life. Regular MapLab readers have likely heard about this before. → Read More

‘The Quarantine Atlas’ Maps How 65 Lives Turned Upside Down

In maps and essays, a new book from Bloomberg CityLab charts the less visible changes of a global pandemic. → Read More

Powerful Maps Reflect Two Years of Covid Transformations

In 2020, we asked readers to create homemade maps of how Covid-19 reshaped their worlds. Two years later, we asked them again. Here are 12 stories of personal navigation, from 2020 to now. → Read More

MapLab: A People’s Guide Maps the Hidden History of Orange County

To many minds, Orange County, California, is a place defined by Disneyland, beaches and an air of wealthy conservatism. But it is far more diverse and discordant than that prim reputation suggests, and a new atlas reveals a complex history that is in some cases literally buried beneath the amusement parks and citrus groves. → Read More

Utah’s Walkable ‘15-Minute City’ Could Still Leave Lots of Room for Cars

A planned community set to rise in a suburb near Salt Lake City could feature a network of shared mobility hubs and walking trails — plus tens of thousands of parking spots. → Read More

As Gas Prices Soar, Transit Agencies Say ‘Dump the Pump’

Ridership gains in New York and other major cities may be a sign of returning commuters, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rattles the energy market. → Read More

MapLab: New Exhibit Explores the Geographies of Fiction

A new exhibit explores how maps shape the stories we read — and vice versa. → Read More

Los Angeles Is Building a Future Where Water Won’t Run Out

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to boost the city’s drought resiliency includes investment in water treatment and recycling facilities. In the era of mega-drought, will it be enough? → Read More

MapLab: How to Make Fairer Congressional Maps

With more than half of states having completed their newly redrawn congressional maps, a few trends have emerged from the U.S. redistricting process. One is there are fewer highly competitive seats up for grabs compared to the old maps, which Michael Li of the Brennan Center for Justice predicted in MapLab last November would likely advantage Republicans in coming elections. → Read More

5 U.S. Cities Where Bike Commuting Is Booming

A new report from the League of American Bicyclists traces how long-term planning and infrastructure investments allowed some cities to grow their share of bicycle commuters. → Read More

In Portland, Youth Activists Are Driving a Highway Revolt

For months, a group of youthful climate activists have waged a battle to halt a Portland highway expansion — and turn U.S. transportation policy around. → Read More

How six states could transform the U.S. trucking industry

The Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule will require a growing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission starting in 2025. → Read More

How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts are requiring a growing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission starting in 2025. → Read More

How Has Covid Changed Your Life? Show Us In a Map

Nearly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, our worlds continue to be upended. We invite you to create a map detailing how the virus has reshaped your life — or show us the world you hope to see in 2022. → Read More

Why U.S. Infrastructure Costs So Much

If history is a guide, President Joe Biden’s $1.3 trillion investment may not fund nearly as much transportation as it would in much of the rest of the world. → Read More

The Legacy of Atlanta Hip Hop, Mapped

A new map tells the story of Atlanta’s expansive hip hop legacy. For this week’s MapLab, CityLab’s Brentin Mock has the details: → Read More

Car-Free Transportation Gets Boost from U.S. Grant Program

A program that primarily funded highways during the Trump administration has pivoted away from roads in its new disbursement, marking a potential shift in infrastructure spending. → Read More

MapLab: How Republicans Are Dominating the Redistricting Process So Far

A voting rights expert warns of dire implications for fair representation, especially for communities of color. → Read More

Play the Game: Can You Get a City to Zero Emissions?

Play mayor and get your town on the road to reducing climate pollution in a new online game from Bloomberg CityLab. → Read More