Breakfast links: Welcome and unwelcome guests
Developer wants bus stop gone: A developer who installed a "mosquito" device at 7th & H in Chinatown recently asked the city to eliminate the adjacent X2 stop "to reduce sidewalk congestion and repeated criminal activity." (City Paper)
Wells wants DC United to stay: Tommy Wells wants city officials to find a way to keep DC United in DC. (Examiner) ... Like Mayor Gray's statement on luring back the Redskins, Wells didn't specify whether DC should commit public money.
What to do with Union Station? Tour buses?: A lot is happening around Union Station, but a plethora of agencies and scarce funding stand in the way of making it truly great. It also kicked out tour buses to accommodate intercity buses, but where will the tour buses park while kids are touring? (City Paper)
DC United not considering Prince George's: County officials are looking into building a lacrosse stadium that could double as a soccer stadium for DC United. DC United, however, says they're only looking for new locations in DC and Baltimore. (Examiner)
Inflation applies to Dulles tolls: To fund the Silver Line, tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, like everything else in the economy, will rise annually for decades hence. (Examiner)
Protest updates: Some Occupiers are staging a hunger strike to protest DC's lack of voting rights and budget autonomy. (HuffPo, Ryan M.) ... Police arrested more than 70 protestors yesterday for blocking traffic on K St. (Post)
Cyclists' Ed. comes to elementary school: WABA gave safety and riding tutorials to Stoddert Elementary students last week. Program is funded through DDOT under the Safe Routes to School Program. (Georgetown Patch)
Test scores and the achieve gap rise: Test scores at DCPS are up, but among the nation's urban school systems, DC suffers the widest achievement gap between white and black students. (Washington Times)
And...: One London entrepreneur has assembled shipping containers to create a pop-up mall. (CNN) ... DC will add 4,000 housing units this year, but is that enough? (Forbes) ... Government officials can avoid FOIA by using their personal email accounts. (City Paper)Have a tip or undesired bus stop for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)