Breakfast links: Trouble with the law
93 days in jail for a vegetable garden: Oak Park, Michigan ticketed a homeowner for growing vegetables in their front yard and is now seeking a penalty of 93 days in jail. (The Agitator, Andy W.)
Are strip clubs good neighbors?: Residents of Ivy City are challenging licenses for strip clubs in their neighborhood, alleging they violate zoning laws. Harry Thomas Jr, whose ward includes Ivy City, supports the businesses. (WAMU)
Black women bike, too: GGW contributor Veronica Davis helped start a a cycling group called Black Women Bike. The group has grown to over 60 members and wants to encourage African-Americans to bike more. (Post)
Scandals complicate economic development pick: Kwame Brown has until July 15 to pick a new Economic Development chair, but so many other members have ethical troubles. Vincent Orange wants it, but that's a bad idea. (Examiner)
Too many boards and commissions?: There are a lot of boards and commissions largely or even entirely empty in DC. A Council committee has recommended getting rid of many of them. It's a good idea. (City Paper)
Two approaches to solving regional congestion: Richard Parsons of SMTA and CSG's Stewart Schwartz face off over solutions to regional congestion. Schwartz says driving alternatives and better land-use are key. Parsons says it isn't enough.
4 stories shockingly massive: The Old Georgetown Board is making Dumbarton Oaks shrink its proposal to add space for climate control systems and housing for 25 fellows. Anne Lewis is "shocked" at the mass of a building with a fourth floor. (Patch)
Chairs vanish where immigrants gathered: Days after the Post ran a human-interest story about immigrants building community at a Falls Church Starbucks, Fairfax County forced Starbucks to remove the outdoor seating they were using because of permit problems. Coincidence or conspiracy? (Post)
And...: Adams Morgan ANC tables a vote on bike lanes (WABA) ... The riders in Metro Forward ads are models (Examiner) ... DDOT reminds residents to water street trees as it gets hotter (DDOT) ... Bob McDonnell could be providing $150 million more for the Silver Line (Transportation Nation) ... "Chinablock" is becoming "Chinacorner." (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- DDOT director Brown stands up to opposition to mini-circles