The Washington Post's Perry Stein looks at the amenities arms race and finds a novel offering at a new apartment community in Washington, D.C.—a waiting room for renters using ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

The Vintage on 16th, being developed by Valor Development, doesn't offer parking, though it does provide electric-bike sharing. But in the lobby, there's a 260-square-foot niche carved out for those waiting for their car service to arrive, complete with television and magazines.

“We are thinking about how people live and move around,” said Joe Bous, a principal at Valor Development. Bous said that referring to it as an Uber Waiting Room is just a friendly moniker, and the room is meant to serve residents waiting for all sorts of car services and rides.

Most notably, the room will have a TransitScreen, a real-time display of transportation options at any given location. The screen will show nearby bus and [subway] wait times, Capital Bikeshare options, and how close the nearest Uber is.

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