Everyone is all atwitter about the possibility of retail outlets--some possibly selling food--opening up at certain stations. Some love the idea, and others think it's ridiculous to entertain the thought of selling food in stations while maintaining the strict no eating and drinking rules. People have mixed opinions on that policy, too.
We remind you that Metro has tentatively walked down this path twice before only to decide in the end that there really wasn't enough interest on the part of potential retailers because they want to sell food, not newspapers.
And anyway, before Metro gets ahead of itself with its plans to add retail outlets in some stations, we think they ought to at least clean up the mess of past flirtations with retail like this row of dusty, obsolete machines at Court House that ostensibly once sold something called newspapers. These giant brown boxes still litter many a station. Wha' happened?
In the brown box's favor, we do like the user interface better than the ticket machines.