DC Streetcar Might Be Free For The First Year [Washington City Paper] This is how they get you hooked – the first one’s free, then they jack up the price. At this point, even municipal transportation departments have learned the wisdom of the drug trade.
What’s Lurking In Your Countertop? [New York Times] Old, but gold. (As the kids say.) Considering that granite countertops are pretty much ubiquitous now among a certain demographic, and that a small percentage of granite countertops emit deadly radiation … well, you do the math. (Preferably while wearing a lead apron.)
The Rapid Deterioration Of Detroit As Seen Through Google Street View [Dangerous Minds] Sections of the city went from spotless picket-fences-and-yards to unspoiled wilderness in just four years; looking at some of these pictures made me think about the ephemeral nature not just of life but of humanity itself. So yeah, I thought about that for a couple minutes and then I got hungry so I went to 7-11 for a couple slices of 99-cent pizza. See, it all evens out in the end, or something.
Inside DC’s First Shipping Container Apartments [DCist] You know how when you order something from Amazon and then your cat claims the empty box as its new clubhouse? This is basically that, multiplied by a thousand.
Photographing The Transformation Of NYC’s Meatpacking District [Citylab] I included this one because the “old DC” nostalgia has already started, and while I’m as annoyed as the next person by dudes in salmon-colored shorts broin’ out in Shaw (why Shaw of all neighborhoods?!), let’s not get carried away. “Old DC” was mostly food deserts, shootouts, and the occasional annoying dude in a Fugazi tshirt trying to tell why you shouldn’t be drinking that beer.