Breakfast links: Time to start planning for growth
Washington will grow no matter what: The region will gain 1 million jobs by 2030. If we don't locate new housing closer to where people work, traffic will get even worse. We need to start planning seriously right now. (Examiner)
Money talks: When the economy turned bad, young people started flocking to the Washington area. Is that because we're "hip" or because we have jobs available? (Post)
Tysons Corner does its part: Over the coming decades, Tysons Corner will grow significantly to double it job base and increase its population six-fold. The growth would be impossible without the Silver Line. (Streetsblog)
Repubs demand more spending: Many of the state's rural Republicans don't like Gov. O'Malley's PlanMaryland, which prioritizes development around existing infrastructure. PlanMaryland will save taxpayers $11 billion in new roads. (Washington Times)
Cross the virtual tunnel: At noon today, WMATA will activate the Farragut Crossing virtual tunnel. SmarTrip customers will have 30 minutes to transfer along the street. The crossing will relieve pressure on Metro Center as a transfer station. (Examiner)
Trail costs jump: Cost estimates for rebuilding the Capital Crescent Trail alongside the Purple Line jumped from $65 million to $103 million. Fitting the trains and the trail into the existing tunnel in Bethesda consumes nearly half of the cost. (Post)
Shout it from the treetops: Residents in one Fairfax neighborhood don't like the county's plan to let a private company build a "treetop adventure" in Riverbend Park. Critics say the county has become too desperate to raise money in parks. (Examiner)
Movie popcorn gets even more expensive: Mayor Gray has proposed a 5% tax on theater concessions. The money would be used to lure a theater east of the Anacostia and to lure big movie studios to film in DC. (WBJ)
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