Breakfast links: Deck party
Photo by The Great Photographicon on Flickr.
OP wants to restore a L'Enfant avenue:
The Office of Planning suggests decking over the railroad tracks
on Maryland Ave SW from 12th St to 7th Street. The avenue would be recreated as a grand boulevard leading to the Capitol. (SWTLQTC)
Sidewalk cafes bloom downtown:
One benefit of DC's wide sidewalks is extra space for sidewalk seating at restaurants. Despite predictions of mayhem, DC's first sidewalk cafe opened 50 years ago Monday
at 13th & E Sts NW. Recently, the number of venues with sidewalk seating downtown has jumped from 95 in 2009 to 135 this year. (Post)
Walter Reed charging forward:
With Walter Reed's closure, the District is moving fast to nail down its final proposal
for the site. A bus garage to replace the existing two is unlikely. An ANC commissioner is skeptical that more retail will be successful and doesn't like the prospect of new buildings fronting Georgia Ave. (City Paper)
Metro counts bikes:
WMATA took a bike census at all of its stations
to count the number of bikes on racks, the number of empty racks, and the number of bikes locked up nearby. Vienna's racks were full, forcing cyclists to lock up nearby. (PlanItMetro)
SUVgate, Congressional edition:
Congress wants to cut spending; how about starting with their own car leases
, paid for by the government? At least 90 House members including Eleanor Holmes Norton have government-funded car leases. (Fox 5)
DC strikes oil in burgers:
DC will get its first biodiesel plant
. Local restaurant grease will be recycled into fuel and will lower delivery costs since the nearest biodiesel plant is 150 miles away. (City Paper)
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