Escalators: Politicians’ New Tools?

Quartz at Work brought our attention to a short video it describes as, essentially, “a statement on how long it takes, and how much work is involved, in women’s advancement within an organization.” The creator, the office of the Mayor of London, promoted that “many of the reactions filmed were genuine reactions and not scripted,” yet conceded “a small cast of actors playing real people.”

Do you think this is this a good use of escalators to illustrate a political point, or did it only upset a lot of ladies in a hurry?

More Chinese Metros: “Stand on Escalators”

Guangzhou’s metro has become the latest in China to establish anew policy of asking riders to stand on both sides of its escalators, Ecns.cn reported today. No longer enforcing a “walk left, stand right” rule, staff will now be tasked with making sure riders stay in place, as the Guangzhou Metro stated that if people want to walk, they can use the stairs. The metro hasn’t replied to commenters mentioning a lack of stairs at some locations, though.

The South China Morning Post reported earlier in the year that Nanjing Metro started the trend in the country, mainly because “severe damage” was occurring to the right sides of escalators when most people stood there. However, the Beijing Metro believed only proper maintenance was needed to eradicate that problem.

This news brings up several questions. A few I have are: Is standing on one side really harmful to the equipment? Which is the right way to ride? Will such a change spread to other countries? How will enforcement of such rules take place?

A Look Inside the Nearly Complete 3 WTC

Construction of the 1,079-ft.-tall, 80-story 3 World Trade Center (WTC) in Lower Manhattan, New York, is nearly complete. The Real Deal reported that, arguably, the most impressive part so far are the views from the building, noting: “A person standing on the 76th-floor terrace of 3 WTC can see four states, at least three bridges and Larry Silverstein’s new apartment at 30 Park Place.” This video features Jeremy Moss of developer Silverstein Properties talking about the four-and-a-half-year story of this unique building and pointing out a few of its unique features — a couple of which involve its approximately 50 elevators.