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.
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- Pedestrian tunnels would not make DC's streets better for walking
- Why can't Metro label escalators "walk left, stand right" or label where doors will stop on the platform?
- Scarred by urban renewal, Silver Spring's Lyttonsville neighborhood gets a second chance
- When the Metro first arrived in Shaw and Columbia Heights, they were far different than they are today