This week’s highlights:  Has Nashville Hit Peak Bachelorette?, The Self-Storage Tax, and The Last Great Clothing Store

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Fifteen on Friday – 03/30/18 – Issue 278

Food for Thought:

  1. BuzzFeedNews – How Nashville Became One Big Bachelorette Party  – Credit DS –  Over the last decade, Nashville has become one of the nation’s leading non-Vegas bachelorette party destinations. The bachelorettes are a vivid symbol of the city’s rapid gentrification — and the pitfalls of a new, “experience”-driven brand of tourism.
  2. WashPo – I posted a huge note for the thief who stole my bike. Then my doorbell rang.
  3. VanityFair – Monica Lewinsky In the Age of #MeToo.  This was thought provoking…”On the 20th anniversary of the Starr investigation, which introduced her to the world, the author reflects on the changing nature of trauma, the de-evolution of the media, and the extraordinary hope now provided by the #MeToo movement.”
  4. NYT – David Brooks on Identity Politics What happens in democracy when one’s identity and opinions are primarily filtered through a group affiliation?
  5. NPR – ‘Serial’ Subject Adnan Syed Deserves A New Trial, Appeals Court Rules

Business/Economics:

  1. Curbed – Self-storage: How warehouses for personal junk became a $38 billion industry.  One in 11 Americans pays for space to store the material overflow of the American dream.
  2. TBP – WeWork: Manhattan’s 2nd-biggest Private Office Tenant
  3. NYT – A Find at Gap: Steady Hours Can Help Workers, and Profits
  4. VF – Inside Julie Deane’s Roller Coaster Adventure in Satchels, Business and Life.  Julie Deane started the Cambridge Satchel Company to pay her kids’ school fees—and the bags took off. Then the big-money experts got involved, Deane’s marriage cratered, and sales tanked. So she went back to basics.
  5. PopSci – Big box stores are dying. What do we do with all the bodies?  How to remove, reuse, or recycle these fallen retail giants.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. WashPo – Utah’s ‘free-range parenting’ law said to be first in the nation
  2. ET – Richard Mille on Paving his Own Way
  3. QZ – The road to Alzheimer’s disease is lined with processed foods
  4. WashPo – NHL stunner: A 36-year-old accountant who has never played pro stars in Blackhawks win
  5. NYT – The Last Great Clothing Store Open since 1938, Boyds fights back against e-commerce and the rise of the Supreme hoodie with extra-personal service and fancy new designer labels.