Breakfast links: Won't you be my neighbor?
Military base tries to create its own version of DC: The Anacostia-Bolling military base in SW DC really wants to be a good neighbor, but the physical layout, perimeter wall, and bordering highway make the task difficult. (City Paper)
Social services are a delicate task: If done carefully, building social service facilities can improve a neighborhood for existing residents by showing a city's commitment to improvement and investment. (MetroTrends, Rob P) ... These successful cases are rare, but not impossible. (RPUS)
WMATA stops fighting union raises: The WMATA Board will stop appealing an arbitrator's award of 3% raises for the last 3 years after a judge ruled against them. Board members say riders can't keep absorbing these increases and challenged union members to improve customer service. (Examiner)
NPS enhacing citizen experience: On a commendable note, the NPS has created a free iPhone app guide to the Mall. The app provides details on 70 sites. (Fox 5)
Are drug laws racist?: Nationally, blacks are disproportionately arrested for drug charges. In DC, is the disparity due to racism, cavalier attitudes, or inter-generational households? (City Paper)
Government finances run on cycles: DC only has 20 days' cash on hand. This might sound alarming, but it's typical of governments to experience cash flow cycles. (DCist)
DC has another revolving door of lobbyists: Is it ethical for a politician to hire a lobbyist as a personal attorney? Though legal in DC, the common practice raises eyebrows for the appearance of malfeasance. (Post)
And...: Maryland is charging up an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council. (Times) ... See a mass grave in Prince William County during the Civil War or see child labor in Alexandria in 1911. (Shorpy) ... Congress has temporarily resolved the FAA shutdown. (NPR)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
- 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?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)