Weekend links: Feds slowly seeing the light
GSA will charge for parking: Though today's air quality will be terrible again, starting next month, GSA will charge its employees for parking. GSA explicitly states that the purpose is to reduce employees' environmental impact. (City Paper)
CaBi might come to the Mall, eventually: Park Service spokesperson Bill Line now says they might work with Capital Bikeshare, but have to think "very seriously" first. (WTOP)
WMATA raises upheld: A federal judge has upheld 3% annual raises for WMATA union employees for the last 3 years. The agency was appealing, saying the raises, granted by an arbitrator, were unreasonable. (Examiner)
Judge tosses charges for cyclist-assaulting driver: A Miami driver intentionally swerved into a cyclist, who caught the incident on video. Prosecutors brought felony assault charges, but a judge threw them out, saying the cyclist should have ridden in a different spot that's actually illegal. (Miami New Times)
Density can be counterintuitive: Two blocks in Hoboken illustrate how rowhouses can be denser than apartment buildings. This is in part due to the multiple bedrooms in the houses and the increased frontage on the mid-block streets. (Old Urbanist)
Mortgage interest deduction is a lopsided subsidy: The biggest beneficiaries of the home mortgage interest deduction are whites, suburbites, and the wealthy. The annual lost revenue is more than double HUD's annual spending. (MetroTrends, Rob P)
NYC transit chief quits for "a much better job": Fed up with service cuts and layoffs, MTA's chief quit for a job at Hong Kong's transit system, which makes a profit due to lucrative transit-oriented real estate ownership. (Transpo. Nation, Michael Perkins)
And...: A new park is helping revive downtown Phoenix. (NAC) ... Are Amtrak's new locomotives a bad deal? (Streetsblog) ... A group beat the heat by touring the abandoned streetcar tunnels under Dupont. (via DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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