Without the elevator, modern cities simply could not exist. No other invention has had such a singular influence on the scale and movement of urban development — moving more people per day than almost any other form of motorized transit. Yet the industry remains shrouded in secrecy.
I investigated alarming reports of rising malfunction and entrapment for this cover story of the September 2018 issue of Oregon Business, an SPJ award-winning magazine named among the best business publications in the United States.
“Writer Jon Shadel did a masterful job showing how elevators are pivotal to urban development yet as business entities literally operate behind closed doors.” –Linda Baker, editor of Oregon Business