Has America's low-rise obsession gone too far?
Slate turns 10 this week, and we're publishing The Best of Slate: A Tenth Anniversary Anthology. In celebration of the book and the anniversary, we're publishing (or, rather, re-publishing) a selection of pieces from the anthology, including this article. This article was originally published Oct. 10, 2003. You can see a list of all the republished pieces, as well as everything else we are publishing in honor of the anniversary, here.
Amanda Fortini is a Slate contributor.
Illustrations by Nina Frenkel.