Lunch links: How to improve
Good schools help cities or vice versa?: Does improving city schools bring in more families, as conventional wisdom holds, or is it the other way around, and improving cities brings better schools? (The Urbanophile via Streetsblog Network)
ANC wants changes for Walmart: An ANC subcommittee co-chaired by Richard Layman suggests residences on top of the Georgia Avenue Walmart, a shuttle to the Metro, free delivery over $50, and rebuilding the Georgia-Missouri intersection. (Examiner)
Why the hating on neighborhoods?: Articles about new galleries or restaurants in neighborhoods like Trinidad or H Street often use negative adjectives like "hardscrabble" and "dive." Is doing so "glib" and "lazy"? (The District Curmudgeon)
Transportation is political in Virginia: Sean Connaughton defends his decision not to apply for HSR money for Virginia, but Peter Galuszka says he's leaving out some factors. (Post) ... Republican challengers in Alexandria and Fairfax are attacking incumbents over BRAC, but Democrats note the decision came from the Bush administration. (WAMU)
Just what transit needs: TSA screening: Senator Chuck Schumer wants to add the same security measures to buses and trains that airlines have. Even if well-meaning, the inconvenience would likely push people to more dangerous driving and hurt transit. (Cap'n Transit Rides Again)
Crashes around the region: A motorcycle rider ran off the road at Quantico; a cyclist was trapped under a truck near the Mall; two crashes in Prince George's each resulted in deaths. (Examiner, DCist, Post)
Klein bringing bus shelter screens to Chicago: Beyond building cycle tracks, Gabe Klein wants to put real-time displays in bus shelters like the ones he piloted in DC. They'll show bus arrivals, nearby car sharing and more. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Watch young planners showcasing: If you missed the Young Planner Showcase, you can see the video of the three planners discussing their projects. The Arlandrian is pleased with progress on the one which affects them.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- What happens when people without cars move to places built for driving?
- Cell service in tunnels, junking old rail cars, getting finances in order. Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan.
- 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
- If racial inequities didn't exist, DC would look like this...