Weekend links: Long-term thinking
DC must plant trees and add green roofs: DC's new permit from EPA requires planting 4,150 trees annually and adding 350,000 sq. ft. of green roofs to city buildings. The aim is to reduce overflows from the combined sewer system. (Post)
Liberal professor opposes pro-Democrat gerrymandering: A St. Mary's College professor argues that though the proposed gerrymandering in Maryland would further his political beliefs, the ends don't justify the means. (FreeStater Blog)
Civil rights activists wrote their own restaurant reviews: Until 1953, many restaurants and stores in DC refused to serve black patrons. A local minister produced a list of integrated restaurants and urged his white congregants to boycott the others. (Post)
Free parking drives driving: After moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a writer notes that the free parking spot he now gets everywhere determines his new car-dependent driving habits. (KQED, Michael P)
NY seeks neighborhood approval for bike stations: New York is taking suggestions for bike sharing locations. However, to build community support, it will seek approval from neighborhood community boards before the final deployment. (Atlantic Cities)
California parking reduction meets opposition: A bill would lower parking requirements, typically 2 spaces per unit, for infill projects near transit. Some housing advocates say it will reduce an existing affordable housing incentives. (CP&DR)
And...: Urban trees bring a lot of environmental, health, and economic benefits. (The Dirt) ... Good transit planning and walkability attract residents to Arlington. (Examiner) ... David Catania says the District stacks the deck against its small businesses. (Examiner) ... Paris has a "deputy mayor of the night." (Polis, Stephen Miller)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- Cell service in tunnels, junking old rail cars, getting finances in order. Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan.
- If racial inequities didn't exist, DC would look like this...
- Where is Falls Church, exactly?
- National links: There are downsides to letting the Rust Belt shrink
- The DC reps on the WMATA board might veto late-night closures
- WMATA recommended express bus service along 14th Street NW four years ago. Is it time to make it happen?