Breakfast links: NoVA small cities, MD universities think big
Alexandria flirts with CaBi: The city manager wants Alexandria to join Capital Bikeshare with 54 bikes at 6 stations. (WAMU) ... Alexandrians, contact your leaders to express your support.
Falls Church flirts with density: The city's new planning director told the Falls Church City Council, "You must make density your friend." Its commercial corridors must densify to strengthen the city's tax base. (FC News-Press)
UMD won't fight campus Purple Line: UMD will stop opposing the Purple Line running on Campus Drive. The previous president, Dan Mote, fought it fiercely, but new president Wallace Loh signaled his administration was more open to making it work. Students have repeatedly lobbied for the campus alignment. (Post)
LaHood mediates in Silver Line: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood met with officials from Loudoun and Fairfax counties and MWAA to try to to settle the the Dulles Airport Metro station conflict. (WAMU) ... Not much was settled yet, however. (TBD)
Struck in Loudoun, crushed in DC: A pedestrian was struck near NVCC's Loudoun Campus, close to an intersection that doesn't have crosswalks anyway. (WTOP) ... A delivery truck and its driver "crushed" a person in a wheelchair near McPherson Square. (DCist) ... Also, cyclists were hit in Southwest and near Freedom Plaza and a pedestrian hit at 16th and Florida. (Post)
Stop breaking fake ground: How about not allowing a project to hold a high-profile "groundbreaking" until it actually has financing and permits? (Housing Complex)
MTA clears up photography spat: The MTA will apologize to two photographers who were harassed by transit police, will reiterate its photography policies to employees, and may discipline the responsible officers. The ACLU was pleased. (Baltimore Sun)
Population shift necessitates housing shift: More adult children are living with their parents in Montgomery County and more adults are nearing retirement. This makes the county's lack of affordable housing even more dire. (WAMU)
And...: Watch your toes this summer on the Metro escalators. (DCist) ... TBD On Foot will be back in full force with a new writer later this month. (TBD) ... See what Capitol Hill and DC's monumental core probably looked like two centuries ago. (DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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