Weekend links: The sensitive subject of race
Kaya celebrates diversity: DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson applauded the increasing racial diversity of the system as more white children enroll in DCPS. This being Washington, her remark caused a stir. (Post)
TBD dissects a gentrification article: Read a good takedown of a recent stereotype-laden gentrification article in the American Prospect in which "Washington" is shorthand for whites and "DC" is shorthand for blacks. (TBD)
Passengers may board at the back of the bus: To speed bus service, San Francisco may permit bus riders to board through the rear doors, too. You still have to pay or show proof of payment. (SF Chronicle)
Transforming the projects can lower crime: Neighborhoods with public housing projects saw crime decrease after HOPE VI money helped transform them into mixed-income communities. (MetroTrends)
What's good for GM may not be good for America: The Obama administration wants to advance batteries for electric cars. This would reduce oil dependence, but not auto-dependent land-use paradigms that require lots of energy. (Infrastructurist)
In Cuba, women hitchhike: Transit in Cuba is so bad and packed to the gills that women actually hitchhike. The state requires employees driving state-owned vehicles to pick people up if they have seats. (NPR, Erik Weber)
Bike sharing leads to personal biking: Even large bike sharing systems won't constitute a significant share of daily trips, but they can catalyze more people to ride personal bikes, greatly increasing the amount of biking in a city. (ECF)
California eases transportation project funding: California may permit localities to levy gas taxes for local projects after receiving a simple majority of voter approval instead of a 2/3 majority. (Streetsblog)
And...: Pranksters in Seattle posted a notice for a new municipal ball pit with 1,200,000 cubic feet of plastic balls. (Boing Boing) ... The Postal Service may not need 24% of its real estate. (Post) ... A German artist is installing Google Maps place markers at city center points. (Architizer)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- To a pedestrian, a road's a tiny space with danger just beside