Breakfast links: Conflicting views
Councilmembers' huge conflict of interest: Councilmember Michael Brown voted on a bill about online gambling while working for a law firm representing clients in that industry. Maybe the Council job should stop being theoretically part-time. And Jack Evans has been doing the same, shady thing for years. (Post, RPUS, Mike DeBonis)
Truxton Circle NIMBY or overconcentrated?: It's sad that an article on Truxton Circle extolled the neighborhood for rejecting the LAYC charter school and affordable housing, but do they have a point on overconcentration? (Post, RPUS)
Why McDonnell didn't push for Richmond-DC HSR: Virginia commuters from Richmond to DC would love higher-speed rail, but Virginia nevera even applied for funding. Why? Governor McDonnell's ideological bent. (Post)
Parking provider picked, has fee: DC will use ParkMobile for all its pay-by-phone parking. ParkMobile was running the pilot around Foggy Bottom, Georgetown Hospital and Nationals Park. There will be an extra 30-35¢ fee for each transaction. (WTOP)
Wyman gets profiled: Lance Wyman, the Metro map's creator and the man tasked with redesigning it, talks about his work and his thoughts on the map. During the original design, he had wanted distinct icons for each station. (Post)
How to spend performance parking money?: A new ANC committee will decide how to spend performance parking money in Capitol Hill. CHRS is also (re-)creating a transportation committee to focus on streetcars. (EMMCA)
Watch the "door zone": A lot of bike lanes fall entirely in the "door zone" where a person riding can get hit by someone opening a door. As Prince George's County plans new bike lanes, how can they minimize this hazard? (TheWashCycle)
It's not all families: Montgomery County has more seniors and more adult children living at home than ever. These groups don't send kids to school, so when planners suggest allowing something other than single-family houses, perhaps school capacity shouldn't be such a flashpoint. (Rollin Stanley)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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