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Read all about it! The state of Atlanta/Hartsfield Airport is worse than you think. This week's scary aircraft incidents. Los Angeles real estate is booming in areas where home and condo owners can (gasp!) walk. Car museums around the country are closing. Kim Jung Un's Air Force One. What we spend on car-sharing. The last of the Beat Generation.
The State of Atlanta/Hartsfield Is Worse Than You Think
Light is finally being shed on the corrosive state of Atlanta/Hartsfield Airport, the busiest in the world. After December's humiliating, hours-long blackout, airport and city officials announced this week that they want to spend $130 million to install emergency generators. (Apparently, the airport's previous back-up plan--driving over to Home Depot to buy a couple of 5,000-watt portables--no longer passes muster.) But literal light from the generators pales in comparison to the wattage being shed on the massive political and operational corruption at Hartsfield. And if you think the back-of-the-house stuff doesn't matter to those of us who trudge through the airport, consider this: The apparent construction corruption means we get a sub-optimal experience. One example: Contracting is so constipated that more than 80 shops are on hold, a food court is empty and many individual locations remain shuttered for no reason.
Scary Aircraft Incidents
Our day-to-day lives on the road seem like a grind because--let's be honest--flying is an incredibly safe endeavor. In fact, the passenger who died last month aboard Southwest Flight 1380 was the first U.S. fatality in almost a decade. And flying overseas is almost as safe. But this week was, by any measure, a scary one on the road. Two incidents made global news and were the talk of the travel community. An aircraft sliced off the tail of another plane at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. And, astonishingly, there is video of the moment the two planes collided. Meanwhile, the co-pilot of a Sichuan Airlines flight was partially sucked out of the plane when the cockpit window shattered. Unlike the Southwest Boeing 737 incident, where it seems obvious the window was pierced by debris from the damaged engine or cowling, no one seems to have any idea why the cockpit window came apart on the Sichuan Airbus A319.
The (Real Estate) Game Is (Literally) Afoot in Los Angeles
Los Angeles real estate buyers are learning what Shakespeare, King Henry IV and Sherlock Holmes knew. The game is literally afoot. In other words, the hot new amenity in LA's luxury real estate world is walkability. "In the city known for its car culture, more high-end home buyers want a neighborhood feeling and the ability to walk to urban attractions," explains The Wall Street Journal story that also appears at MansionGlobal.com. "The shift comes as locals are growing weary of worsening traffic and high-priced parking, and as community-oriented millennials are gaining market power." Meanwhile, there is probably no relation to LA's sudden affinity for walking instead of driving, but The New York Times reports that car museums are falling out of favor. Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum in Indiana (above) closed on New Year's Eve, the same day that the Linq Auto Collection in Las Vegas, er, ran out of gas. "Perhaps there's a limit to how many auto museums there can be," says Matt Anderson, a curator at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Flying with Kim (not Kardashian) The summit with President Trump might not happen now, but Kim Jung Un's preparations for flying to Singapore are noteworthy. Reuters reports he uses a Soviet-era Il-62 narrowbody. It has a limited range due to the oil embargo imposed on North Korea, but may be carrying a personal toilet for the North Korean tin-pot dictator.
Ride-Sharing Spending What do Americans spend on Uber and Lyft each month? The money app Empower and CNBC break it down for 32 cities. St. Louis residents, for example, spend an average of $30 on Uber. It's $55 in Seattle and $64 in Los Angeles. It's $73 in Philadelphia but a hefty $110 in San Francisco.
Howl for Mohammed Mrabet An obscure writer and artist, Mohammed Mrabet is Tangier's last living link to the bygone era when American literary figures, including many leading lights of the Beat Generation, visited Morocco to relax and reflect.-- Joe Brancatelli
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