People prefer to live in states that invest in life-easing amenities
- Study reveals the Americans who live in states that spend more on tangible "public goods" are happier.
- This spending makes communities "more livable."
- Pain of higher property taxes largely balanced out by higher property values and quality of life.
It's safe to say not everyone was immediately impressed.
- The Boring Company invited journalists to take a test ride on its mile-long prototype tunnel in Hawthorne, California.
- The tunnel transports regular cars along electric skates at about 35 mph.
- Although the prototype doesn't match up with early concepts of The Loop, most reviewers seemed to suggest the system could prove viable, once the kinks are smoothed out.
Luxembourg will offer the world's first fare-free public transit system, but is there really such a thing as a free ride?
- To combat congestion, Luxembourg aims to become the first country to implement fare-free public transit services.
- Other European nations are considering similar courses, but across the pond the United States continues to fumble its public transportation to deleterious effects.
- Luxembourg's goal is noble, but it will have to overcome historic trends showing such fare-free systems rarely work in the long run.
Why this $600 million business isn't about money.
- Problem solving doesn't have to involve numbers. Sometimes it just involves connecting dots between markets, and simple experiments based on data.
- These tweaks can make huge differences in people's lives. And anyone can do it, as social design can life entire communities.
- People who participate in social design learn how to apply it in the future, making social design a learnable and transferable skill.
Anchorage was rocked by back-to-back earthquakes on Friday morning, prompting a tsunami warning.
- The first earthquake measured 7.0, and the subsequent aftershock measured 5.7.
- No serious injuries or deaths have been reported so far.
- People immediately took to social media to post images and videos of the earthquakes' aftermath.
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