\u201cThe Inflated Promise of the American Food Hall,\u201d The New YorkerAre millennials to blame for food halls \u2014 and some food halls' demise? Much is made of these now-ubiquitous, eminently Instagrammable halls of subway tile, cement floors and artisanal food. Developers love them, often because they're a way to raise the profile of projects and pay the rent; and millennials love them as a place to buy coffee or ice cream and snap pics. The only people who aren't enamored, it turns out, are vendors, many of whom are struggling to make enough money to stay. \u2014 Greta Kaul, data reporter\u201cThe world is relying on a flawed psychological test to fight racism,\u201d QuartzThis piece examines the Implicit Association Test, used widely in institutional diversity trainings from universities to police forces, and questions whether it is scientifically accurate, whether biases are unconscious as it seems to suggest, and whether using it even has positive results. The piece is fascinating in how it examines the existing science around the test, and suggests that rather than being driven by unconscious prejudice, society is much more consciously prejudiced than many people like to think. \u2014 Jonathan Stegall, user experience engineer\u201cUnderscores, Optimization & Arms Races,\u201d Humane TechRemember when, unlike today, the internet wasn\u2019t terrible? In this essay, Anil Dash makes a case for what might have gone wrong. Obviously, the choice between using underscores or hyphens to separate words in URLs doesn\u2019t really matter. But the reason for the practice \u2014 catering to the whims of a major tech player, in this case Google, in an attempt to game its algorithm \u2014 helps explain a lot of the awfulness the internet is currently mired in. \u2014 Tom Nehil, news editor\u201cWhere the small town dream lives on,\u201d The New YorkerWriter Larissa MacFarquhar sets out to understand why one small Midwestern town is thriving while many rural places stagnate. She examines Orange City, Iowa, a town of 6,000 people with a vibrant Main Street and a high school graduation rate of 98 percent. MacFarquhar interviewed several Orange City residents \u2013 some of whom grew up there and never left, others who left and returned years later. Among her takeaways: Orange City residents are drawn to the timeless conventions that small towns can offer: the sense of being known, a reasonable pace of life, connections to family history. \u2014 Gregg Aamot, Greater Minnesota reporter.