Weekend links: More reasons to go downtown
MLK Library stays open: Mayor Gray found money to keep the MLK Library, which is DC's central library, open on Sundays. (Post)
Only some cities have a downtown renaissance: Several big companies nationwide have made headlines in choosing to relocate from the suburbs to downtown. Looking at vacancy data, however, this trend is only happening in a few cities. (Atlantic Cities)
Streetcar projects get a waiver: US DOT has issued a waiver for protectionist Buy America provisions after it confirmed that not a single company in the U.S. makes streetcar rails. (Transportation Nation)
Feds reduce housing subsidies: Starting today, the federal government will reduce its subsidies for mortgages exceeding $625,500 in Washington and other expensive markets. The previous limit was $729,500. (Reuters) ... Other indirect subsidies, such as the mortgage interest deduction, remain politically sacrosanct.
Real estate articles mention walkability: Are real estate articles focusing more on walkability? Even still, the demand for walkable neighborhoods outstrips supply. (RPUS) ... Let's hope policymakers who write zoning codes and road guidelines take notice.
Maryland Republicans may lose seats: What do Rockville and western Maryland have in common? They may have the same member of congress if Maryland approve's Gov. O'Malley's gerrymandering plan for redistricting. (Post)
Website measures perceptions of neighborhoods: MIT is gauging people's reactions to street scenes from Google Street View. The purpose is to see how the physical form of a neighborhood shapes public perceptions of it. (Metafilter, Andrew Schmadel)
Metro map is iconic: What are the world's best subway maps? It's certainly a matter of opinion, but one designer lists DC's as one of the top 20 for its ample white space, easy legibility, and its "very pleasant color balance." (Atlantic Cities)
And...: Providence joins the streetcar resurgence. (Providence Journal) ... DC now provides photo proof of your parking violation. (DCist) ... DDOT, WABA, and ANC Comm. David Garber (6D07) are installing bike racks all over the ballpark neighborhood. (DDOT)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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