Guest Host: Jonathan Capehart

Metro's tunnels are getting a makeover with a coat of white paint at Union Station.

Metro's tunnels are getting a makeover with a coat of white paint at Union Station.

Observant Metro riders may have noticed something different about Union Station last week. The walls are in the process of being painted white. WMATA says the paint job will cover up dirt and brighten the dark space, but many architecture purists say the new coat is an insult to the system’s original, brutalist design. The change has ignited a frenzy on social media, with Washingtonians weighing in on both sides. We explore whether white walls are a good idea for the region’s metro stations and what the decision might reveal about WMATA as a whole.

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  • Amanda Kolson Hurley Architecture Columnist, Washington City Paper; Contributing Editor, Architecture Magazine; @amandakhurley
  • Matt Johnson Editor, Greater Greater Washington; @tracktwentynine

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