Weekend links: 10 years later
Lower Manhattan on the rise: A decade after the terror attacks, Lower Manhattan has come back to life. There are now double the number of residents, bringing energy to a financial district that was quiet after work. (Reuters)
Security barriacades proliferated: Since 2001, DC has suffered an explosion of barriers, checkpoints, and paranoia. In a few places, like Pennsylvania Avenue and the Washington Monument grounds, new and more attractive security features replaced ugly bollards installed right after 9/11. (Post)
Pushing driver identified, defended: WMATA has identified the driver who pushed a passenger off the bus. The person who filmed the incident explains the context and calls the driver's action "necessary." (Fox 5)
Snyder drops suit: Dan Snyder has dropped his lawsuit against the Washington City Paper over an unflattering summary of Snyder's many bad behaviors. That article has now "become one of the most-viewed stories ever on City Paper's Web site." (Post)
Parks relieve stress: Underscoring the importance of robust urban parks, a recent study shows that enjoying nature is a good way to relieve stress. Subjects responded better to nature walks than to walks along a city street. (WSJ)
Ride Amtrak the luxury way: For a few thousand bucks a day, you and some friends can have your own private, luxury railcar on your next Amtrak trip. (Post)
Almost-freeway replaces freeway: New Haven is tearing down their stub freeway that cuts up a downtown area, but outdated state standards may force them to design the surface road extra-wide and overly auto-centric. (Mobilizing the Region)
Sadik-Khan's legacy: Lots of road projects: Janette Sadik-Khan has spent the vast, vast bulk of NYC transportation money on facilities that serve drivers, like expensive bridge rehabs and even an asphalt plant to speed projects. Yet many drivers and media outlets think all she does is bike lanes and pedestrian plazas. (New York Observer)
Boston bits: Hubway, Boston's bike sharing system, is exceeding expectations and has few problems. (Mobilizing the Region) ... Governor Deval Patrick has dismantled state Smart Growth functions that were instituted by his predecessor, Mitt Romney.
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1980s 1890s proposal called for a dam on Rock Creek to make a giant lake. (DCist) ... Anacostia is getting a business improvement district. (City Paper) ... The long-vacant building at 7th & H in Chinatown may finally see a renovation. (DCMud) ... Oyez! Alexandria seeks a town crier. (Post)
- Community stories show the shift to a walkable lifestyle
- Young kids try to assault me while biking
- Focus transportation on downtown or neighborhoods?
- Metro bag searches aren't always optional
- Some are pushing to limit sidewalk cycling
- Endless zoning update delay hurts homeowners
- DDOT agrees to repave 15th Street cycle track