Weekend links: Streetcar head rides away
Kubly moving on: Scott Kubly, in charge of the streetcar, Circulator, and Capital Bikeshare, is leaving DDOT. Tommy Wells praised him as "impatient, creative & effective." (City Paper)
Beware the poll numbers: A DC blogger recounts a phone survey he received that sounded suspiciously like a pro-Walmart push poll. Is it ethical to disguise PR material as an opinion survey? (14th & You, Ward 1 Guy)
Boston columnist wants bikes banned: Just as Boston is rolling out its bike sharing system, a columnist wants all bikes banned in the city. Why? These "cavalier cyclists" get in the way of his car. (Boston Globe)
Cyclists race a plane during LA's "Carmageddon": I-405 in LA closed this weekend for scheduled construction. Some people have predicted a "Carmageddon" that will ruin Angelenos' weekend plans. (LA Times) ... As a PR stunt, JetBlue will fly $4 flights today from Long Beach to Burbank, but a group of cyclists bets it can beat the 30-mile flight if you count time spent in security lines. (Slate) ... Follow it on LA Streetsblog.
Downtown offices getting pricier: Some companies find it easier to recruit younger hires to downtown offices. Employees with families, though, may still find suburban offices more convenient. (Fortune) ... Meanwhile, the premium on downtown offices has increased sharply. (WSJ)
Feds still building sprawl: Despite the Obama Administration's sustainability rhetoric, the feds continue to fund sprawl and now propose a veterans' home in the middle of nowhere. The nearest VA hospital is a full 7 miles away. (Streetsblog)
And...: On the bright side, falling home prices are making housing more affordable. (MetroTrends) ... Rhode Island may eliminate its bike and pedestrian transportation programs. (RIBC) ... Mash up today's street views with historical photos. (GOOD)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- What's so great about the Purple Line, anyway?
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- And the MetroGreater winner is...
- Does DC want boring architecture? Sort of.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?
- VRE's map keeps getting more diagrammatic