Breakfast links: Remembering and moving on
Memories stay secure: Ceremonies took place at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Police in DC and New York tracked down several stolen vans, but none linked to terror plots. (Politico, Washington Times, Post, NYT)
"Mile-high club" couple triggers scare: Fighter jets scrambled to escort 2 flights where people reported suspicious bathroom activity, but neither were terror-related. In one, a couple turned out to be "making out" in the bathroom. (AP, MSNBC)
Emergency response still muddy: The region's emergency response plans still have huge holes; for example, nobody has clear authority to order coordinated action across all jurisdictions. ... Does E Street really need to stay closed? (Post)
Financial disclosure or erosion of home rule?: Kwame Brown wants greater financial disclosures. Councilmember Cheh agrees with the idea, but opposes using a federal law to implement it, which could put DC even more under Congress' thumb. (Post)
Is this development crime-resistant?: Prince George's police might review development plans for their potential to foster or resist crime, like whether there's adequate lighting and the design facilitates "eyes on the street." (Examiner)
Car-free easier and more popular: It's easier than ever to go car-free in DC, thanks to transit, bike infrastructure, and car sharing services. Over ¼ of households now own no car. Younger drivers are driving less as well. (Post) ... Sign the pledge to go car-free on Car-Free Day, September 22!
New MLK road signs confusing: Perhaps not surprisingly, new signs for "Martin Luther King Drive" are very confusing in Anacostia, where the ceremonial road sometimes overlaps with MLK Blvd, SE and sometimes other roads. (And Now, Anacostia)
And...: What would Obama's jobs bill bring to DC? (City Paper) ... The MLK memorial dedication will be October 16. (Post) ... Tom Toles riffs on the new Metro map. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- WMATA is considering scrapping the Metroway BRT
- Here's why it'd be wrong to shut down Metro east of the Anacostia River
- Term limits are a terrible idea for Montgomery County
- Metro is proposing service cuts, again. Will riders ever see the benefits?
- Is our next president going to care about transit and street safety?
- Metro's plan for late-night bus service isn't much of a plan
- Marriott is moving its headquarters to downtown Bethesda so it can be in a denser place that's closer to transit