Chardonnay remains the most popular table wine sold through retail channels in the US, one in five bottles sold in the past year are chardonnay.
Scooter-mania: Detroit will be the home for a pilot mobility data project with the goal of creating a standard for cities and mobility companies to collect data all while protecting privacy, creating more manageable streets, and moving toward more equity in mobility. Detroit’s scooter use will help other cities achieve safety goals.
Peter Calthorpe and Jerry Walters on autonomous vehicles - hype and potential: "One thing is certain: zero- or single-occupant vehicles—even with AV technology—are a bad thing. They cause congestion, eat up energy, exacerbate sprawl, and emit more carbon per passenger mile. Surprisingly, even AV taxis carrying three passengers can generate more miles because of distant pickups and roaming as they await passengers."
The big business of Halloween retail: According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will drop about $9 billion on the festivities this year ($86.79 per person).
The rise of athleisure: According to Deirdre Clemente, a fashion historian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, athleisure is the culmination of three long-term trends:
1: Technological improvements to synthetic fiber have made products like spandex more flexible, durable, and washable than natural materials
2. The modern fixation on healthy appearance has made yoga pants an effective vector for “conspicuous consumption”
3. The blurring of yoga-studio fashion and office attire snaps into the long decline of formality in American fashion
What is the GPCI? The Global Power City Index (GPCI) evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to their “magnetism,” or their comprehensive power to attract people, capital, and enterprises from around the world. It does so through measuring 6 functions—economy, research and development, cultural interaction, livability, environment, and accessibility.
Here's the GPCI 2018 top ten:
2. New York
9. Hong Kong