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Breakfast links: Paved paradise edition

AP covers parking minimums: This Associated Press article summarizes the debate over relaxing parking minimums. The article quotes Jeff Speck, who testified in favor of relaxing minumums, and Capitol Hill ANC Commissioner Ken Jarboe, who testified against. It also gives an example of a historic Milwaukee building which burned down and couldn't redevelop until the city relaxed parking requirements. Tip: Allen, Dan E.

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Parking point-counterpoint: Donald Shoup debates a planner from West Hollywood, CA on the merits of performance parking. Norte, the opponent, argues that we shouldn't consider parking reforms until we expand mass transit, ignoring that performance parking can be the way to pay for that expansion.

Another shot for Third Church: The "Mayor's Agent" will hear Third Church's appeal of HPRB's decision denying them permission to raze their building. A victory for the church in this process would be much better than winning their civil rights lawsuit and potentially ending up with new special rights for churches in historic preservation.

Pleasant and unpleasant non-surprises: Fairfax supervisors approve the Tysons vision; Metro needs gobs of money; The MoCo Planning Board still rejects the ICC bike trail.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


Good luck on that vision for Tyson's, Fairfax County. Before you can redesign the street grid there, you need to first address the car culture. Metro will only be helpful for those getting to Tyson's from the east or west. Nothing is planned for better transit from suburbs to the south or from McLean. I know this is a 40+ year plan, but they seem to think that a Metro line will solve all of their commuting issues.

by Dan on Sep 29, 2008 12:09 pm • linkreport

Had to share this with you:

Replace "parking lot occupancy" with "time of day, midnight to 10 a.m." and you have most of Tyson's Corner.

by Dave Murphy on Sep 30, 2008 4:11 am • linkreport

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