Breakfast links: Law and Order
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Commuter scofflaws get amnesty:
DC is offering amnesty on late fees
for unpaid parking tickets and traffic fines. VA & MD residents are responsible for 61% of DC's unpaid tickets. (Examiner)
We know so little about crime:
Criminologists wonder why crime has declined steadily since the early 90s, even during recessions. Perhaps the 70s and 80s were a "crime bubble"
. (MetroTrends) ... Two Examiner articles
, one year apart, wonder if there's a link between heat and crime, but the crime changed in opposite ways. (Homicide Watch DC via Mike DeBonis)
How to legalize urbanism:
Many historic neighborhoods, like downtown Annapolis, would be illegal to build today. A few simple policy changes
would make urbanism legal. The ones applicable to DC are allowing corner stores and accessory dwellings in residential areas, both of which have drawn strong opposition. (Switchboard)
Bethesda ditches nostalgic buses:
Downtown Bethesda's free circulator bus has replaced its fleet of fake trolleys with modern, low-floor buses
that resemble the DC Circulators. (BeyondDC)
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