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According to the Tax Foundation’s ranking of real estate taxes, the top ten counties are in New York (Westchester, Nassau, Rockland, and Putnam) and New Jersey (Hunterdon, Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Morris, and Passaic). The burden ranges from a median of $7,342 in Putnam County, New York to 8,890 in Westchester County.

A Scourge on Long Island:  Residents paid a median of $8,628 in real estate taxes in 2008, and according to Nassau County’s school administrator, it is the school property tax that is “crushing residents.”

The Mapathon: Atlanta will be the most digitally mapped city in the US.

British geographers worry that digital maps are “erasing history.”

One of the biggest commercial real estate venture of the housing bust collides with NYC rent-control: the Stuyvesant Town apartments near default.

Fewer than four out of 10 fourth and eighth graders are proficient in math, according to NAEP results.