Breakfast links: New uses for old buildings
Another Mall museum?: A bipartisan Congressional coalition wants to turn the Smithsonian's Arts & Industries Building into a new National Museum of the American Latino. (DCist)
Lincoln Theatre gets new management: Mayor Gray has a plan to rescue the Lincoln Theatre. The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities will appoint a creative director to forge a new vision for the District-owned venue. (City Paper)
Abortion provision kills nascent bill: District leaders have rejected a bill from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) that would permit the city to skip Congressional assent to spend its own money. Issa had inserted an anti-abortion provision. (Post)
BRAC increases traffic in Bethesda: The Pentagon's relocation of Walter Reed to the Bethesda Naval Hospital has noticeably worsened congestion along Rockville Pike. $165 million of road projects are on the way, but will they fix anything? (Gazette)
Montgomery wants inside-the-Beltway CaBi: Montgomery County plans to apply for a state grant to put bike sharing from Friendship Heights to Medical Center and Takoma Park to Wheaton. There's a public meeting on Tuesday, November 29.
Tregoning shows NYC how it's done: Harriet Tregoning schools New York on why it should follow DC's lead and reduce parking minimums. Minimums still remain in most of the city, even where huge majorities of people ride transit. (Streetsblog)
Speedier bus increases ridership: While ridership in Manhattan has declined, one route, the M15, has enjoyed an increase. The difference is that the M15 uses exclusive lanes and requires payment before boarding, thus speeding up service. (Atlantic)
Metro goes after bike thieves: Metro Transit Police are using a bait bike to catch bicycle thieves. Bike thefts at stations increased sharply last year. (Examiner)
CBS to jump into windshield perspective radio market: As news outlets nationwide struggle to remain profitable, CBS announced that it will open a local news radio station, competing with WTOP. The station will focus mainly on the suburbs. (Post)
And...: DC for the Dupont Underground within a yearmay finalize a lease for Dupont Underground within a year. (DCist) ... Falls Church tops the commonwealth in recycling. (Post) ... A 1974 bus strike caused parking havoc in downtown DC, when what's now the Reagan Building was a huge parking lot. (Atlantic)Have a tip or new Mall museum for the links? Submit it here.
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