Check Out the Hub, Bub

“At first glance, Roundup does not appear to be a hub for much of anything. Founded by homesteaders and ranchers in the late 19th century, it enjoyed boomlets as a coal town and a station along the Milwaukee railroad, but the coal tapped out and the train shut down, and the town’s population has now sunk below 2,000. Its Main Street is lined with homages to its frontier past: silhouettes of cowboys painted on boarded-up windows; dust-covered wagon wheels in otherwise empty storefronts … With a lone traffic signal flashing red, it just makes the cut for being a one-stoplight town. Roundup is, in short, just about the last place you might expect to become a nexus of international e-commerce.” Josh Dzieza in The Verge: The Everything Town in the Middle of Nowhere. How the tiny town of Roundup, Montana, became a hub in Amazon’s supply chain.

+ Your packages end up in weird places. And so does your money. The Guardian: The great American tax haven: why the super-rich love South Dakota. “It’s known for being the home of Mount Rushmore – and not much else. But thanks to its relish for deregulation, the state is fast becoming the most profitable place for the mega-wealthy to park their billions.”

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