Timelapse: The growth of Louisville, KY since 1984

Starting in the 1980s, my hometown of Louisville, KY experienced something of a revival. New cultural venues such as the Kentucky Center for the Arts and Actors Theatre began to pop up, the city built new parks, and infrastructure projects changed the landscape.

Some of that growth is visible on this satellite time lapse, particularly the construction of the Gene Snyder Freeway looping the city and, just south of the freeway, major renovations and additions to Louisville International Airport.

Suburban neighborhoods within and just beyond the Snyder also grew; they were incorporated into Louisville itself when the City and County merged in 2003. The subdivision where I grew up, which was built in the 1960s, lies in between the Snyder and the older Watterson loop. It was once peripheral. Now, construction runs into neighboring counties such as Oldham to the east and Bullitt to the south.

The growth continues north, as communities in southern Indiana become more like subdivisions of Louisville. Zooming in over the Ohio River, a new bridge appears next to an old one in 2016. Another bridge, further east, will appear in 2017’s images.



MAP: All the Summer Olympics host and bid countries

The modern-day Summer Olympics started off small and became an international juggernaut, intertwined with world history and politics. Cities compete fiercely for the chance to host the Games. Some, like London, have gotten the Games every time they ask for them. Others, like Detroit, have bid five times or more without success. This map shows each Olympic host and bid city.

INFOGRAPHIC: Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens


If you are an American citizen, travel is easy. Over 100 countries offer visa-free entry to Americans, while dozens of others issue visas on arrival. All travel, however, is governed by bilateral agreements taking into account internal and international politics, supranational organizations, health and safety. This infographic outlines some of the things Americans need to do to travel to each country.