Breakfast links: No money, mo problems
Water infrastructure funding running dry: Water and sewage infrastructure faces a massive maintenance backlog but little funding to fix it. This means 450 line breaks per year in DC, 300 in Fairfax and 1,440 in Montgomery. (Post)
MoCo's affordable housing needs to grow: Montgomery County needs up to 50,000 affordable housing units over the next decade, but with funding short the county is refining its inclusionary zoning laws instead. (Post)
Live free or die (in DC): DC officials are taking the message of DC statehood to New Hampshire and other states around the country. They hope to secure resolutions of support for statehood and voting rights from friendly state legislators. (Times)
McDonnell jeapordizes interstate commission: Gov. McDonnell is jeopardizing much of the funding for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin by withholding $151,500 in dues, according to his own appointee to the commission. McDonnell argues the Commission is unnecessary and redundant. (Times)
Prince William cool on HOT lanes: Prince William residents are concerned I-95 HOT lanes will cause damage to the local slugging network by allowing drivers and slugs to pay a toll for the system. (WAMU)
Big pay days for DC's merit pay teachers: DC leads the way in US merit pay, giving its highly effective teachers large raises and bonuses. The system helps keep good teachers by rewarding them early. (NYT)
The history and future of parking: LA will soon follow DC's example and install a downtown performance parking system. While performance parking seems to be the future, it may be wise to understand parking's past. (Los Angeles Magazine, Steve S.)
And...: Proposals for Georgetown's vacant power plant will be discussed at ANC2E's next meeting. (Patch) ... Arlington's new board chair and vice-chair want more public access and urban agriculture. (WAMU) ... Parking rates will rise in Montgomery. (WAMU)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Should a "historic gas station" keep new housing units from going up in Dupont?
- Where is Falls Church, exactly?
- Is new housing, most of it for low-income residents, worth giving up an acre of park space?
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- National links: There are downsides to letting the Rust Belt shrink
- Events: Should I-66 get toll lanes inside the Beltway?