Breakfast links: Boo[ndoggles]
Photo by ElvertBarnes on Flickr.
Shootings mar Halloween: 6 people were shot
last night in DC: in Georgetown (where "a car just shot somebody"), Petworth, Congress Heights, and near New York Ave Metro. (Post, Dave Murphy)
TE "boondoggles" never got funded:
GOP Senators criticizing the use of "Transportation Enhancement" money, which usually goes to bike and ped programs, instead picked on projects like a roadside coffee pot... except that and other highlighted projects never actually got any federal money
Evans' firm represented hotel partner:
Jack Evans' outside employer, Patton Boggs, represents a partner in the hotel
near the convention center which Evans pushed hard to finance with city money. Evans insists there's no conflict of interest. (Post)
3 years to MoCo BRT?:
Some Montgomery councilmembers want to get the planned Bus Rapid Transit network running in 3 years
, possibly with a special taxing district for the areas that benefit. Others are skeptical. (Examiner)
Metro ridership going down:
Metro ridership could decline up to 5%
next year, and even more if the federal government doesn't renew transit benefits for its employees at the level of the last 2 years. (Examiner)
Tenants purchase building after fight:
Tenants at the Norwood in Logan Circle fought a 6-year battle
including lawsuits with the landlord, who wanted to convert to higher-priced condos. Ultimately, they succeeded in buying the property thanks to city loans (which are going to be rare since the DC budget cut the housing trust fund). (DCmud)
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