Breakfast links: 16 fewer cars
Metro pulls cars: Following Tuesday's malfunction, Metro has taken 16 cars with similar brakes out of service. Metro also wants to improve emergency communication. (Examiner)
DDOT still committed to bike lanes: Director Terry Bellamy defends DDOT's pace on bike lanes, saying 4 miles are ready to go in the spring and that new lanes take more planning and stakeholder input. (WABA)
New use for parking garage: Crystal City plans to host a cycling derby in a parking garage. An obstacle course will serve cyclists of all skill levels. (ARLnow)
Woodridge wants a main street: A new group wants to develop a main street along Rhode Island Avenue in the Woodridge neighborhood of DC. The area enjoys wide sidewalks but few established businesses. (City Paper, John M.)
How should federal buildings look?: Have opinions on the design of federal buildings? The National Capital Planning Commission wants to hear from you as they develop an urban design element of the federal Comprehensive Plan. (IMGoph)
Students could lose parking privileges: The DC Council may stop letting students get parking permits for their out-of-state cars. Students say it's another anti-student discriminatory measure. (NBCWashington, DC Students Speak)
DHS delayed: The latest spending bill delays by 5 years the DHS headquarters consolidation at St. Elizabeth's. The cost will rise $500 million as a result. (Federal Times)
Keep sprawl in Czech: Recently deceased dissident and former Czech president Václav Havel gave a blistering critique of sprawl in a 2010 speech. (Forum 2000, Ken Archer)
And...: DC is the fastest growing "state." (Post, Steven Glazerman) ... Gallaudet raises the bar for hearing impaired architecture. (Curbed) ... Senator Coburn calls Columbia Heights "tony," critiques government financing for IHOP. (New Columbia Heights, Daniel Harwell)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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