Breakfast links: Build it in Ward 8
Anacostia's future, too short?: Renderings show what Anacostia's gateway could look like. It's much, much nicer than what's there today. But should it be taller than 2 stories? (And Now, Anacostia, City Paper)
St. E's triggers TOD: The upcoming St. Elizabeth's development is catalyzing more development nearby, with a 7-story building proposed at Congress Heights Metro. (Examiner)
A pedestrian bridge across the Anacostia?: David Garber used a nice pedestrian bridge in Denver and wants to bring one to the Anacostia. (TBD) ... A pedestrian bridge is actually part of two of the Poplar Point options considered 2 years ago.
HOT lanes will lose promised transit: Virginia wants to cut proposed BRT from the HOT lane project on 95 and 395. Now, the project will increase congestion inside the Beltway. Sean Connaughton says Arlington's opposition made the project less profitable, but Chris Zimmerman thinks the bus money was a mirage from the start. (Examiner)
Gray donations violate laws: Some cash donations to the Gray campaign, many from taxi drivers, exceeded legal limits, and campaign workers illegally converted them to money orders, which can be larger (why?) (Post) ... Many of the same people in this scandal are the ones who got Gray into trouble earlier this year. (Examiner)
Beware the zoning Death Eaters: The Committee of 100 thinks there needs to be a giant ad campaign like the one for the latest Harry Potter movie to alert residents that their neighborhoods are "under attack." Or, maybe, they realize that the supposedly Voldemort-esque zoning rewrite isn't actually so bad. (City Paper)
Road rage leads to labor (the obstetric kind): A driver started yelling at a cyclist for riding between cars (but not hitting any) in Dupont Circle. He yelled back, the driver yelled more, her water broke and she went into labor. (DCist)
Boston neighborhoods 3 different ways: Most cities' neighborhoods are not officially defined. In Boston, there are several different ways to define boundaries, and an interactive Boston Globe feature lets you see the overlapping boundaries.
And...: Mary Cheh joined the ACLU in a brief opposing Dan Snyder's lawsuit against the City Paper (DCist) ... Montgomery councilmembers are not pleased with Pepco's new aggressive tree pruning. (Post) ... Dogs are distracting to drivers. (Baltimore Sun) ... Get pizza delivered in Clarendon on a Segway. (WTOP)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?