Black Friday links: Think of the small businesses
Shop small businesses, avoid dangerous parking lots: Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, an effort to get holiday shoppers to try small businesses. Meanwhile, in big store parking lots, a man ran over 7 people, killing 1, and a Wheaton man was kidnapped and forced to take cash out of an ATM. (Post, WTOP)
How to keep Latino character amid growth?: Wheaton will soon get a new Sector Plan accommodating mixed-
use TOD around its Metro station, but some fear losing the traditional Latino businesses. (Post) ... That is already happening in Langley Park around the Purple Line. (WAMU)
Few constituents receive money: DC councilmembers only spent 12% of their Constituent Services Funds on constituents. Tommy Wells spent the most (32%), Mary Cheh the least (1%). (DCist, DC4D)
Walmart CBA: All for show?: A Post editorial cheers the Walmart CBA, even though it's unremarkable upon closer inspection. The proffers are already required by law, previously negotiated, or not commitments at all. (City Paper)
Gray talks streetcars, stadiums: Mayor Gray thinks extending streetcars into Maryland is a good idea. He's also still into the idea of building a Redskins training facility but skeptical about a DC United stadium because of the potential public expense. (WTOP)
Bag taxes may expand in Maryland: The Prince George's council is considering a bag tax. Unlike Montgomery, the county needs approval from the state first. They'd likely spend the revenue generally instead of dedicating it for the environment. (Examiner)
Criminal record may join race, sex, religion: Councilmember Marion Barry proposes adding ex-cons to the list of protected groups enumerated in the city's Human Rights Act. Many people who have served their time face difficulty getting hired. (Post)
Protests run up bills: Occupy protests are costing cities nationwide $13 million for police and other services, but that's nothing compared to Wall Street's toxic assets, the war, or just securing other protests like the 2004 RNC. (HuffPo, ThinkProgress)
And...: The still somewhat secret plans for the Dupont tunnels might include decking the Connecticut underpass. (Atlantic Cities) ... Should Manhattan add landfill to connect to Governors Island? (NYT) ... Governor McDonnell appointed his 2 new members of the MWAA board with jet speed. (Washington Times)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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