Weekend links: Hang out at the gas station
Eat here, get gas: A gourmet deli has opened near U Street... in a gas station. The unusual location provides rents affordable to a fledgling small business. (Post)
Gas dependence varies nationally: Virginians annually spend 4.45% ($1,994) of their incomes on gas compared to 3.97% ($1,947) for Marylanders. In contrast, Mississippians spend 7.23%, or $2,255 annually. (NRDC)
Station manager to the rescue: Metro honors station manager Timothy Lee, who has twice saved passengers from suicide attempts. (Post)
Pay by mail fine for a coma: A Baltimore driver pleaded guilty to negligent driving after a crash that left a bicyclist in a likely-permanent coma. The driver had to pay a mere $220 and was able to pay by mail. (Baltimore Sun, Stephen Miller)
Senate pushes for complete streets: Half the states have adopted complete streets legislation and the Senate is catching on. The Senate bill requires states to consider cyclists, pedestrians, and transit for all federally-funded road projects. (Streetsblog)
WMATA improving web outreach: The agency will hire someone for "social media monitoring..., detractor response, comment moderation, [and] Facebook facilitation," among other things. Read our recommendations for WMATA's next tweep. (TBD)
No ultimatum to Walmart: Mayor Gray's reported ultimatum to Walmart about opening a store in Skyland was made in "jest", says DMPED Victor Hoskins. Councilmember Yvette Alexander says the Mayor was just pushing for a citywide Community Benefits Agreement. (City Paper)
Only laws the police know about matter: Responding to a car-bike collision, an MPD officer said he doesn't know about the 3-foot law, and therefore "it doesn't matter" whether the drive was violating that law or not. (TheWashCycle)
Rehab the rehabbers: A list of 5 ways to be a good gentrifier sparked a retort that it's really just a list of ways to be a good neighbor no matter where you live. (DCentric)
And...: Someone is stealing copper from wiring along local roads. (WTOP) ... A local music duo released a free location-aware soundtrack to the Mall; here'a video sample (ReadysetDC) ... The wit behind the Metro-themed drinks brings you pick-up lines for urban planners. (Irish Breakfast)Have a tip or witty pick-up line for the links? Submit it here.
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- Cell service in tunnels, junking old rail cars, getting finances in order. Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan.
- What happens when people without cars move to places built for driving?
- If racial inequities didn't exist, DC would look like this...
- Metro now has an official plan for getting better in 2017. It's called Back2Good.
- WMATA recommended express bus service along 14th Street NW four years ago. Is it time to make it happen?
- The DC reps on the WMATA board might veto late-night closures