Breakfast links: Crumbling no longer
Walmart site was "land banked": An influential lobbyist had a financial interest in the city-owned New Jersey Ave site now slated for a Walmart. He helped "land bank" the property for 21 years and collected tax-free rent. (Washington Times)
See National Cathedral's damage: An infographic shows the delicate process of repairing the damage the National Cathedral sustained in the earthquake. (Post)
Metrobus steps up tracking: Metro has installed cameras in every bus and has begun keeping better records of driver behaviors. This and increasingly congested roads have led to an increase in reported incidents from crashes to fender benders. (Examiner)
DC's GU campus posture unfair: A Post editorial slams DC's treatment of Georgetown University over the campus plan, where the Office of Planning recommended requiring enough housing for all students on campus or shrinking the enrollment. (Post)
DC has deadliest week this year: With 9 people killed last week in DC, it was the deadliest week of the year. The total for the year, 96 homicides, is still on pace to end below last year's total of 132. (Homicide Watch)
Middle schools inequitable across the river?: Kwame Brown says middle schools east of the river have too little enrollment and recent modernizations have been kinder to Ward 3 schools. Schools in the region have been working on reforms. (Examiner)
NPS working with pedicabs: NPS officials give vague but promising comments about "moving past Tourmobile" including accommodating pedicabs. Norton says the Mall shouldn't be "all cars." (TheWashCycle)
And...: Multiple agencies are discussing the future of Occupy DC and related groups downtown. (DC Wire) ... The Golden Triangle wants higher-end retailers. (Capital Business) ... Weigh in on the proposed Herndon Parkway cycletrack. (FABB)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- Terrorism fear takes over security at the Library of Congress
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- 33% of Metro rail trips stay within one city or county. Where are they?
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope