How Graffiti Got Turned Into a Trojan Horse for Gentrification [Arch Daily] The last time I visited Brooklyn, I saw a tour group of wealthy, older European tourists, riding Segways from graffiti wall to graffiti wall, and listening with utter seriousness as a dude with a face tattoo explained the background of each airbrushed evil clown and puffy-font obscenity. We are living in post-post-post-modern times.
Bankrupt DC Slumlord Looking to Use Loophole to Unload Properties [Washington City Paper] Today’s “The System Is Broken” stat: there are as many attorneys working on this case as there are tenants living in the building in question.
DC Firefighters Rescue Man Stuck In Trash Chute [Washington Post] The upside of being rescued from a trash chute: you get to live the rest of your life. The downside: for the rest of your life, you’re going to be known as the moron who got stuck in a trash chute.
Smog-Eating Bikes May Soon Cruise Beijing’s Streets [Hyperallergic] This is a brilliant idea. The way to make bikes an integral part of cities isn’t to ask for courtesy acceptance, but to make them indispensable.
Tour This 400-Square-Foot Apartment for Two [Apartment Therapy] What I don’t understand is why they don’t use these hyperefficient innovations (electronics cubbies, hidden closets) in normal-sized apartments too. Doesn’t everyone want more space?
This Incredible Kitchen Appliance Can Prepare Your Entire Breakfast, Including Coffee [Mental Floss] This is absolutely the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. I must own it.