Lunch links: Get serious
Who's seriously for ethics?: A lot of DC Councilmembers are proposing ethics measures, but which of them are serious and which are just trying to feed voter anger? Vincent Orange is evidently grandstanding, while Tommy Wells and Muriel Bowser seem most serious. (Loose Lips)
90s Metrobuses will work like Circulator: Instead of running on a schedule, which can lead to bunching when one bus gets delayed, Metro will run its 90s Metrobuses on 7-8 minute headways regardless of specific times, as the Circulator does. (Huffington Post)
Senate slightly saves HSR: The Senate appropriations committee restored a tiny bit of funding, $100 million, for high-speed rail. It's far less than the $8 billion the Obama administration wanted, but more than the $0 the House wanted. (Streetsblog)
Germantown, the "satellite city": In the 1960s, Germantown was planned as a small self-contained community 20 miles from the city, where people would work in the small downtown and live in adjacent villages. (TBD)
Incomes in central DC, Loudoun soar: From 2007-2010, area incomes stagnated or declined. Two notable exceptions are Loudoun County and the central core of DC, where incomes soared. (Post)
How about an underground park?: 3 New Yorkers want to turn an old underground trolley terminal into a park, using fiber optics to get sunlight into the subterranean space. (New York Magazine) ... Could something similar work for the Dupont tunnels? Though Dupont doesn't lack for park space like the Lower East Side does.
Baltimore cancels Cyclovia: Baltimore has canceled their Cyclovia event for this weekend, which would have closed an avenue for people to walk and bike. The permit cost was too high. (Baltimore Sun)
O'Toole just a rabid anti-urbanist: Prolific anti-transit and anti-urban planning commentator Randal O'Toole claims to be a libertarian, but that doesn't hold water; in responding to Ryan Avent's book, he shows he just hates cities. (Forbes)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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