Henry Grabar

The Uber-ization of Everything

Each year, Americans spend 37 billion hours waiting in line. By the time you head off to the great queue in the sky, you’ll have spent an estimated two to three years of your waking life staring at the back of the person in front of you, waiting to go through an airport metal detector, use the bathroom, or get past the velvet rope and into the club.

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America Is So Over Home Ownership: Why the Shift to a Renting Economy Might Actually Be Good

Between 1970 and 1990, the population of Philadelphia shrank by a quarter, dropping from 1.95 to 1.59 million. Like many American cities, it seemed caught in a downward spiral.

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Listen Up, America: It’s Time to Start Making Mass Transit Free!

In March, when a cloud of particle pollution settled across Western Europe, Paris took a radical approach. The Ile-de-France region introduced alternate driving days (odd-number plates one day; evens the next) and eliminated fares on local trams, buses, trains and subways.

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Smartphones Are Killing Us - and Destroying Public Life

The host collects phones at the door of the dinner party. At a law firm, partners maintain a no-device policy at meetings. Each day, a fleet of vans assembles outside New York’s high schools, offering, for a small price, to store students’ contraband during the day. In situations where politeness and concentration are expected, backlash is mounting against our smartphones.

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San Francisco to Chain Stores: Get Out!

“Whether you’re on the road or just cruising around town, your favorite McDonald’s menu items are never far away.” So boasts the McDonald’s Restaurant Locator, and a glance at a distribution map of franchises in the United States proves the point. Population centers burn brightly with the Golden Arches; even the sparsely populated Western states are adequately supplied by the nation’s 14,000-plus fleet of McDonald’s.

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