The first Moxy Hotel opened in Milan in 2014 with a business plan we’re seeing more and more of these days: just outside the city center, with small rooms, large communal areas, aggressively—and regressively—trendy interiors, in this case featuring a lot of purple neon, and full digital connectivity at all times. Since then, the brand—co-owned in an unexpected pairing by Marriott and Inter Ikea (the furniture maker’s parent company)—has opened five more locations in Europe and the ...
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LA's Frogtown, on the Cusp of Change

The Spoke Bicycle Cafe sits on the last lot of the last block of a dead-end Los Angeles street. It can be remarkably sunny here, in a way that makes your eyes hurt. The street stops at a chain-link fence, bringing what little traffic exists here to an abrupt halt. Street parking is generally not a problem. The day of my visit, in fact, I was the only customer to arrive via car. Most of Spoke’s customers arrive instead by bike, and they enter through a different door, one that opens onto the ...
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