Weekend links: Fowl conduct
Olfactory complaints at an old factory: In Brooklyn, residents of a factory-turned-condo building are raising a stink over the next-door slaughterhouse that's been there since 1928. (NYT)
Move over, Navigator: DC Council chair Kwame Brown must now answer a formal complaint for $446,000 in campaign finance irregularities. The Post's opinion section is doubly disappointed with the city's ethics saga. (Post)
Public pays for Jack Johnson's hagiography: Former P.G. County Exec. Jack Johnson printed glossy booklets extolling his years in office, costing $227,000 of public money, and planned to mail it to all households for a cost of $275,000 more. The booklets did not mention taking $400,000 in bribes as one of his accomplishments. (Post)
Speed cameras on the Beltway: Maryand will install speed cameras in a construction zone on the Beltway in Montgomery County. Drivers will be mailed tickets if they exceed the speed limit by 12 mph (WTOP)
Tracing the highways: Though Pres. Eisenhower gets much of the credit for the Interstate Highway System, a new book shows he was just one of many people who brought the transcontinental network together. (Infrastructurist)
"Buy America" requirements threaten streetcars: Only one company makes street-embedded rails sufficient for U.S. streetcar projects. Unfortunately, this company is in Austria and thus runs afoul of protectionist "Buy America" requirements. Will the FTA have to ease its increasing reluctance to grant waivers? (Reconnecting America)
Philly fixing "broken teeth": The Philadelphia Housing Authority will sell 1,100 of its vacant properties. The authority wants to get rid of the "broken tooth" that blights an otherwise decent block. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Park properly, officials: Geoff Hatchard takes photos of MPD officers parking on grass (killing it) and WMATA employees parking on the sidewalk (damaging the concrete).
And...: Arlington and Loudoun are examining the benefits of centralized heating and cooling plants. (TBD) ... An NYPD officer threatened to ticket a Dutch tourist for biking in a skirt. (Streetsblog) ... A skeptical view of privatization schemes. (Politico)Have a tip or glossy booklet for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- Terrorism fear takes over security at the Library of Congress
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- 33% of Metro rail trips stay within one city or county. Where are they?
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope