Escalators break and wear down, but the sounds they make can be beautiful in their own way. As one podcast puts it, it can be the music that defines the place. (99% Invisible) Twitter
Should Amazon be taxed?
Virginia businesses want Amazon.com to pay sales tax, saying every retailer should play by the same rules. Virginia spent $4 million to lure two Amazon distribution centers to the state. (Post) Twitter
Almost half of Montgomery County’s pedestrian deaths have been Hispanic, despite the fact that only 17% of the county’s population is Hispanic. Four of the five deaths occurred on Viers Mill Road. (WAMU) Twitter
Streetcar purchase drama continues
Inekon, DDOT’s original streetcar manufacturer, has filed suit to appeal the agency’s recent purchase of two streetcars from Oregon’s United Streetcar. (DCist) Twitter
Reimagining the alley
Long Beach, CA, wants its alleys to be more than garbage access points and become community-centric with landscaping, art, and signage in emulation of San Francisco and Pasadena. Might DC do the same? (Long Beach Post) Twitter