In Defense of the Small CityEveryone, including the president, thinks struggling Americans should just move to places like New York. They’re wrong.
We Need More Black-Owned Grocery StoresLocal grocery-store ownership can serve as an anchor and can help build a healthy community.
Elon Musk vs. the MonorailThe Tesla founder’s disdain for public transportation is all a part of his master plan.
No, Slate Didn’t Fall Into a Coastal Media Trap in Reporting on Middle AmericaThere are real reasons to be (slightly) less pessimistic about immigration in the heartland.
Who Gets to Live in Fremont, Nebraska?A new Costco plant could save the town—by bringing hundreds of immigrants to the only place in America that passed a law to keep them out.
Building GoogletownWhat matters in city-building isn’t high-tech data—it’s boring old infrastructure.
Puerto Rico’s Best Hope for Keeping the Lights OnThe indebted island was already eager to hand its electric utility to private owners. Hurricane Maria just made it much more likely.
Your City Will Lose the Contest for Amazon’s New HQNo town truly fulfills the company’s demanding wish list.
How We Ruined Airline JobsWorking in aviation has lost its glamor. It happened because the law gave carriers every advantage over their workforces—and because we demanded lower airfare.
Flying While Brown Is Getting More TraumaticThe screenings that are often forced on travelers send a clearer and clearer message: Go away.
The Week JFK Airport Stood StillEverything that went wrong as the bomb cyclone hit America’s largest port of entry.
Docks OffU.S. cities are being invaded by dock-less bike share. It’s going to be messy—and worth it.
Too Broke to DriveStates have trapped millions of Americans in crippling debt by taking away their driver’s licenses. Can the damage be undone?
Da Vinci in the DesertAbu Dhabi’s new Louvre is a glimpse of our curated urban future, in which no one sees what the state doesn’t want you to see.
The Imaginary AppleA museum exhibition shows off the New York City that designers dreamed up, but which never actually got built.
The Lessons of Marco IslandForty years ago, a battle over this beachfront community changed the way Florida builds. After Irma, could it happen again?
Your Misery at the Airport Is Great for BusinessRetail in terminals is booming. How else would we soothe our anxiety?
Please Step Aside, SirMy medical devices help keep me alive—and subject me to uncomfortable scrutiny every time I pass through airport security.