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Breakfast links: Turning the corner

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How the Dutch became cyclists again: The Netherlands only became the cycling example it is today because of public outcry over road deaths, sprawl, and the demolition of their cities to make way for cars. (Brain Pickings)

Exurban sprawl stopped: Charles County smart growth and environmental activists stopped the Cross County Connector, which would have destroyed 6 acres of wetlands and brought 2,000 new houses to a sensitive creek watershed. (Post)

A tale of two high-speed rails: California would do well to learn from Spain's high-speed rail system. The Spanish system cut car travel in half in its service area. (Sacramento Bee)

Metro deaths remain a mystery: The separate deaths of two men found on the tracks outside Metro stations remain mysterious, as there are no more leads to follow. The men were found at different stations than where they typically travel. (Examiner)

Counties should help pay pensions: Governor Martin O'Malley will likely propose that counties take more teacher pension costs, rather than the state shouldering the bulk of the burden. The plan may include new revenue authority for the counties. (Post)

A Midtown facelift: New York wants to rezone Midtown and encourage office redevelopment. New York is concerned its offices will become second-class over time, as 71% of Midtown's buildings are already more than 50 years old. (WSJ)

Comments can be vicious: As everyone knows, many Washington Post comments are awful. Their interactivity editor notes in the comments that they are considering changes. Might our comment policy or Huffington Post's provide better examples?

And...: The Silver Spring transit center is now delayed "indefinitely" because a contractor poured concrete improperly. (Post) ... A driver killed an 8-year-old boy in Alexandria. (Examiner) ... NYC bikeshare bikes will have GPS built in. (Streetsblog)

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David Edmondson is a transportation and urban affairs enthusiast working on his master's in city and regional planning at Cornell University. He blogs about Marin County, California, at The Greater Marin


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"The Spanish system cut car travel in half in its service area."

The article makes no such claim. The article says that automobile travel between Madrid and Seville has dropped from 60% of total modal share to 34%. That isn't even remotely the same thing as claiming a 50% drop in all car travel "in its service area." It is only referencing intercity travel between two cities.

by dukiebiddle on Jan 16, 2012 10:53 am • linkreport

There may be more vitriol and trolling in the WP comment section, but the GGW comments aren't exactly the most open community especially when it can seem like the Comment Policy is used as an argument when there are different opinions and discussions.

by selxic on Jan 16, 2012 11:22 am • linkreport


That's what I meant by "service area". Apologies for the lack of clarity.

by David Edmondson on Jan 16, 2012 11:31 am • linkreport

I guess astroturfing isn't a problem here, except for the previous post.

by TGEoA on Jan 16, 2012 12:28 pm • linkreport

Re: The Silver Spring Transit Center

This is completely unacceptable, and Montgomery County officials should not let this stand. Foulger-Pratt should be forced to compensate the county not only for the cement problem, but for all of the adverse impacts the project's two-year+ delay has had on downtown Silver Spring. Personally I'd prefer to see them raze the entire ugly thing and start over, all on Foulger-Pratt's dime.

by Rebecca on Jan 17, 2012 9:08 am • linkreport

" the GGW comments aren't exactly the most open community especially when it can seem like the Comment Policy is used as an argument when there are different opinions and discussions"

In my experience, The policy is only used as an argument when vitriol and trolling are the conduit for a differing opinion.

by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 10:02 am • linkreport

If only the Inter-county connector had met the same fate as the Cross County highway.

by David C on Jan 17, 2012 10:24 am • linkreport

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