Weekend links: CaBi CaBi everywhere
CaBi in your CBA: Some developers will install CaBi stations as part of their community benefits agreement. The $50,000 price tag for each station is about equal to the cost of building a single parking space. (Housing Complex)
Arlington businesses fine with CaBi: Despite the Arlington GOP accusing CaBi of hurting small business by replacing 8 parking spaces with stations, business owners actually don't oppose the change at all. (TBD)
How to get parents to let kids walk or bike to school?: Fairfax County wants to reduce the number of children driven to school to reduce congestion. But parental attitudes are as much an obstacle as the walking and biking infrastructure. (Oakton Patch)
Neighborhoods exacerbate kids' obesity: Overweight kids face a host of problems, including several of the built environment. Neighborhoods lack healthy food options, and unsafe or poorly designed neighborhoods discourage physical activity. (WAMU)
DC lacking public spaces: Many of DC's neighborhoods are distinctly lacking in small public spaces that in other cities are interspersed through out the urban fabric. Instead, the city has relied on privately provided pocket parks and plazas. (RPUS)
Reward for not using Gehry: A philanthropist has offered $300 million to any city that builds a major concert hall but doesn't hire Frank Gehry to build it. His distinctive but controversial style has become extremely popular for cultural centers worldwide. (WSJ)
US exceptional, and not in a good way: Despite having more highways, the US . Despite having the world's largest economy, the US is investing very little in transit and also not maintaining its existing roads. What to do? Raise new revenues and invest more in sustainable transportation systems. (Economist, Veronica Davis)
And...: In WWII, a war plane factory in California camouflaged itself as a subdivision. (Barnstormers, Stephen Miller) ... It may be cheaper to buy than to rent in DC. (Post) ... Some legislators want to address distracted walking. (CBS)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Metro now has an official plan for getting better in 2017. It's called Back2Good.
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