Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt is author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, now available in paperback. He is contributing editor to Artforum, Print, and I.D.; contributing writer to Design Observer; and has written for many publications, including Wired, the Wilson Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He blogs at and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter at

Aug. 7 2009 11:20 AMWhat Ever Happened to the Playpen?How the kiddie enclosures fell out of favor.
July 8 2009 11:17 AMSmooth, SegwayHow the much-ridiculed personal transportation device finally found a niche.
June 9 2009 6:21 PMMen At WorkHow much does road construction really snarl up traffic?
May 1 2009 3:44 PMHonk If You're Going To Report This on the InternetWeb sites where you can complain about bad parkers, slow mergers, and that jerk who cut you off.
May 2 2008 7:13 AMLawn PoxChildren's play equipment and the decline of the American yard.
Sept. 8 2004 11:20 AMThe U.S. Army's New ClothesWhy has the Army redesigned its uniforms?
Feb. 20 2004 3:50 PMCourier, DispatchedHow the U.S. State Department put the kibosh on the typewriter font.
July 20 2009 6:54 AMDon't Be So SquareWhy American drivers should learn to love the roundabout.
June 16 2009 5:40 PMBeach Chairs in Times SquareHow closing Broadway to cars could solve a century of traffic woes.
May 15 2009 12:22 PMStop This Train!Are trains slower now than they were in the 1920s?
Dec. 30 2008 8:01 AMOops! She Crashed It Again.Why celebrities are such bad drivers.
July 18 2005 6:41 AMSelf-Storage NationAmericans are storing more stuff than ever.
May 11 2004 4:04 PMSimply the BestMoMA celebrates everyday objects.



Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?


Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

One of Putin’s Favorite Oligarchs Wants to Start an Orthodox Christian Fox News

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

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