Adult dorms and jade rollers may prove to be fads, but they say something about growth, labour markets and demographics. Below, we examine the wonky underbelly of recent cultural phenomena.
1. Sidewalk scooters
Just when everyone thought that scooters, the hippest toy circa 2000, had gone the way of frosted tips and popcorn shirts, they staged a comeback among collar-and-tie urbanites. Electric two-wheelers are a thing from Washington to Los Angeles. It’s a sign that as the American population shifts away from small metros toward cities and their immediate suburbs, it’s prompting people to look for new, inexpensive and efficient means of getting around.
2. The headquarters showdown
Speaking of urban concentration, Amazon looked far and wide for a second headquarters – drawing bids from Anchorage in Alaska to Scarborough in Maine – before announcing that it will split the location between New York City and the Washington area.