October 29, 2012, 10am PDT
On the eve of landfall of Hurricane Sandy, Matthew Yglesias recalls Mitt Romney's 2011 response to a GOP primary debate question in which he called federal disaster relief spending "immoral."
September 26, 2012, 8am PDT
In response to a New York Times investigation in to the energy wastage of Internet companies and their vast, electricity-sucking data centers, Will Oremus argues that we all need to take a look at our own online carbon footprints.
September 25, 2012, 6am PDT
While Jim Saska admits that he's a jerk on his bicycle, he argues that the general perception among drivers that all cyclists are maniacs is not supported by statistics, and is instead a function of emotion [language warning].
September 17, 2012, 11am PDT
Matthew Yglesias reports on how Los Angeles is embracing its natural advantages to become an "ideal transit city," matching its transit investments with improvements to the built environment.
May 29, 2012, 5am PDT
Recently Congress voted in favor of a GOP measure to scrap the American Community Survey, on the basis of its alleged intrusiveness. Now a backlash is growing in defense of the survey, even among some conservatives, reports Matthew Yglesias.
April 15, 2012, 5am PDT
In the final installment of his series on "Walking in America" on Slate, Tom Vanderbilt looks at why so much of the built environment is hostile to pedestrians, and how planning can change that.
April 10, 2012, 1pm PDT
To launch his new 4-part series on walking in <em>Slate</em>, Tom Vanderbilt describes the "public health nightmare" of a country that has forgotten how to walk.
March 22, 2012, 6am PDT
As part of its "Future Tense" initiative with the New America Foundation, Slate is exploring the concept of resilience. In this article, Patrick Doherty makes the case for improving America's resilience by reconsidering suburban development.
March 20, 2012, 2pm PDT
Robert Cyran and Agnes T. Crane discuss the changing dynamics of the U.S. housing market and suggest that reduced inventories, pent-up demand and an improved employment outlook may mean more stability.
March 8, 2010, 11am PST
Slate looks at the history and importance of signage and wayfinding design.
February 4, 2010, 12pm PST
Witold Rybczynski takes a look at architecture that has fared poorly with time.
October 19, 2009, 12pm PDT
Cities are struggling with the right way to control bicycle traffic in a system built for cars. Should bicycles act like cars? Or should roads change to meet the special needs of bicycles?
September 29, 2009, 2pm PDT
The relationship between poverty, poor health and obesity is complex, writes Daniel Engber. However, research is showing that "obesogenic" environments and social inequality play leading roles in all three.
September 11, 2009, 11am PDT
Solar-powered trash compactors, while not cheap, pay for themselves relatively quickly. With state and city budgets more liquid thanks to stimulus money, municipalities are snapping them up.
September 9, 2009, 12pm PDT
Mohamed Atta, one of the 9/11 terrorists, pursued a masters degree in city planning before the attacks. Slate's Daniel Brooks reads Atta's masters thesis, and finds a strain of anti-Western modernism that is revealing.
July 24, 2009, 7am PDT
Witold Rybczynski provides an illustrated history of airport architecture on Slate [Slideshow].
July 21, 2009, 10am PDT
They're safer, faster, require less fuel use and enhance public space. So why do Americans tend to reject proposals for roundabouts?
July 10, 2009, 1pm PDT
While it didn't transform personal mobility and lead to the redesign of urban areas, the Segway has found some unexpected forms of popularity.
May 22, 2009, 2pm PDT
How did high ceilings become equated with high class?
May 22, 2009, 9am PDT
Author Tom Vanderbilt suggests that train service has been headed in the wrong direction for the better part of a century.