What Everyone Is Reading March 16-22

Mar 24, 2014

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If we were to create a fictional story based this week's top five stories, it might go something like this:

Traffic engineers use funds from parking meters to build the Orlando-Miami rail line. The colorful yellow meters do not actually pay the city for parking and were supposed to fund Florida’s desalination facilities. One outraged citizen got a hold of public-radio host Ira Glass, who is now producing a radio story for “This Floridian Life.”

Alas, none of those are stories. Here are the non-fiction versions:

Britto Meters Still Confuse Drivers, Passerby: If you have ever put coins into a bright-yellow parking meter with flowers painted on it, you have not paid for parking. The 85 “Britto-meters” dispersed around Miami-Dade County have so far raised $34,000 for the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. Wilson Sayre has the story:

Realtors Fear Negative Impacts of Miami-Orlando Train: Not everyone is all aboard for a new railroad track that will connect South Florida to Orlando. The $1.5-billion project will add 32 passenger trains to the 14 that already traverse the Florida East Coast Railroad Tracks. Opponents of the project cite a lowering of property values, disruption of marine traffic and noise pollution.

This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories: You know there’s just something special about Florida when a national radio host says, “Florida is just one of the most F’d-up places in the country. There’s just no other way to say it.” Listen to Ira Glass explain just what makes Florida so... special.

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Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From? When you hear the word “desalination,” you might think of ocean landscapes, but not exactly Florida. But the state leads the nation in saltwater desalination, South Florida being its number one processer.

Credit Kenny Malone

Here Is What It Looks Like When Traffic Engineers Design Highway Signs: What if the symbolic Interstate 95 symbol was a giant letter “I” with the number 95 strewn across diagonally? A map of the country with a “95” across it? Or a giant eagle silhouette with a “95” inscribed on its chest? Those were all some of the proposed design for the Interstate symbol, read Kenny Malone’s report on the iconic signs history.