Breakfast links: Begging for big boxes
Wegmans at Walter Reed?: DC officials are courting Wegmans for Walter Reed. Would Wegmans build a store that helps create a walkable neighborhood, or will it just be another cookie-cutter massive-parking supermarket? (Examiner, RPUS, Jonathan O'Connell)
Outlets a good fit for transit-poor megacomplex?: National Harbor will get an 80-store outlet complex. National Harbor's initial business plan had called for some federal offices but they failed to get any because of the lack of Metro access. (Post)
Mixed-use or move out?: Montgomery planners propose two new zone types to allow shorter mixed-use projects between suburban neighborhoods and major centers. But a former councilmember would rather everyone who likes the mixed-use parts of the county move out and turn everything back 50 years. (Examiner, JUTP)
Brown considering tax switcheroo: Kwame Brown is considering a last-minute switch of the income tax increase to a tax on out-of-state bonds. That would probably hit more retirees (who have savings) versus younger residents with high incomes. (Post)
Metro to investigate excessive force: Metro Police Chief Michael Taborn has ordered an investigation into alleged excessive force by two officers who arrested a man outside the U Street station. Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham wants Sarles or the Board to take additional action. (WUSA)
Metro still running reds: A day after Metro reviewed rail safety procedures in response to operators running red signals, another incident occurred in the Shady Grove yard. The TOC says Metro has been forthcoming about the incidents. (Examiner)
Peds struck in hit-and-run: A husband and wife were struck while crossing the street on Viers Mill Road in Montgomery County, killing the woman and critically injuring the man. The driver fled the scene, was later apprehended, then released. (WUSA)
Maryland may exclude Keolis: Maryland lawmakers will require SNCF to disclose more records about its role transporting French Jews in the Holocaust if its subsidiary Keolis is to bid on the MARC Camden and Brunswick lines. Holocaust survivors are pleased but it could leave Maryland with no operators willing to bid on the lines. (BBC, Post, Matt T.)
Bike bits: Dr. Gridlock says drivers "at least slow down" for stop signs, excusing the many drivers who don't stop. (WashCycle) ... Fill out a quick survey about different types of bike infrastructure to help out a transportation systems graduate student.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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