Breakfast links: Where can we live?
No place for homeless shelter: Residents of Anacostia are protesting a women's shelter on Good Hope Road. Community leaders says there are already too many social service organizations and the shelter would hurt economic development. (City Paper)
Wealthy but still segregated: A new study shows affluent minorities live in poorer neighborhoods than middle class white residents. The bad housing market has reshaped many neighborhoods but minority neighborhoods continue to lack some of the same amenities as white neighborhoods. (Post)
Philly makes redistricting tool: An organization in Philadelphia created a redistricting tool for residents to draw their own maps. Makers of the best ones will win $1,000 and present them to the city council. (newsworks, @eclisham)
Are intercity buses hurting Amtrak?: Intercity buses are growing in popularity and are diverting passengers from rail more than cars. Many routes serve cities Amtrak doesn't, but Amtrak may not be suffering. (Transportation Nation)
Possible makeover for L'Enfant Plaza: Developer JBG is planning to renovate the retail corridor at L'Enfant Plaza with new restaurants, a hotel and office space. The plans will also improve lighting and pedestrian design, but could end up just serving workday crowds. (Post)
Future of Dream Act uncertain: A Maryland group is challenging a petition that overturned the state's Dream Act, claiming a bulk of the signatures are fraudulent. The petition puts the bill on the ballot for the 2012 election. (NBC Washington)
Traffic enforcement on two wheels: DDOT is putting traffic control officers on bikes to help enforce traffic laws and improve traffic flow. The officers could help crack down on blocked bike lanes and cyclist harassment. (WABA)
And...: Peaceaholics co-founder is challenging Marion Barry in the 2012 election. (City Paper) ... Fairfax county firefighters appear to be using the take-home car fleet for non-emergency trips, contrary to rules, (WUSA9) ... This is one way to enforce no parking in bike lanes—Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
a tank. ... (YouTube, @lydiadepillis) ... DoD will subsidize fares for a bus route serving the Mark Center. (Examiner)
- Consumers say they like trains. Why don't economists care?
- The Washington region is the world's 77th largest urban area
- Smarter growth will expand Prince George's tax base
- Topic of the week: Suburban retrofits in our region
- Montgomery backtracks on a sprawl-inducing highway
- A trade pact might change local land use decisions in a big way
- The Silver Line might change how you bus to Wolf Trap