Weekend links: Breakdown boogie
Music of malfunction: 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)
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)
Pop-ups invade vacant lots: Developers are using their vacant lots for more than parking, renting them to markets and farms. The commercial uses can breathe life into overlooked areas. (NY Times)
Hispanics disproportionately killed on roads: 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)
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)
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)
India plans to sprawl: India's urban growth will predominately be in secondary cities rather than "primate" cities, decentralizing the massive population shift expected in the country away from traditional urban cores. (Times Of India)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- WMATA's new general manager is listening before he even takes the reins
- What if Montgomery County gave BRT a temporary test run?
- Zig zag road stripes can get drivers to pay more attention