Breakfast links: Nuances in crime stats
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WMATA board member skips Largo station:
WMATA board member Artis Hampshire-Cowan (PG) doesn't use her nearest station
for fear of crime. Despite that, she says Metro is still safe. (WTOP)
Mixed news in PG crime stats:
Violent crime fell in several neighborhoods
targeted for increased patrols. Even still, the county is set to outpace last year's homicide count and is nearing DC's count for the year. (Washington Times)
Too many apartments in DC?: Some developers are nervous
that the city might face an oversupply of housing. (City Paper) ... Considering that DC rent increases continue to outpace the region and nation, perhaps developers shouldn't worry so much.
Counties coordinate on streetcars:
Fairfax and Arlington Counties are coordinating their streetcar plans
for Columbia Pike. The plan is to have the first stretch open in 2016 with a second leg opening afterward from Crystal City to Alexandria. (Post)
VA politicos criticize BRAC:
Several state lawmakers are asking DoD
why it reduced the number of Metro shuttle routes to Mark Center from 5 to 4. Lawmakers also worry that the 3,800 parking spaces will induce more traffic to I-395. (Lorton Patch)
Arlington & DC safe as houses:
Arlington and DC home prices have hit 95% and 90%
of their pre-recession peaks respectively. Prince William and Prince George's Counties bottom out the list at 65% and 47% respectively. (Examiner)
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