Breakfast links: Streetcar pays
Photo by tracktwentynine on Flickr.
Streetcar pays for itself:
A report to DC's Office of Planning states that taxes on real estate development from the streetcar could cover 40 to 60%
of the system's $1.5 billion price tag. If the city can get 50% funding from the federal government, construction would essentially be free. (City Paper)
No south exit at Dupont:
Starting February 1, Metro will close the south exit at Dupont Circle
for eight months while new escalators are installed. Metro advises riders to take the Q St. exit or exit at Farragut North. (Post)
Georgetown fights to keep corner grocer:
As the current owners retire, neighbors are forming a non-profit
to save the Georgetown neighborhood grocer Scheele's. The group will have to come up with $70,000 to save the store. (Patch)
HPRB nominee too "rigid"?:
Nancy Metzger has doggedly pursued some of the preservation cases
that make preservationists seem extreme and "rigid." At her confirmation hearing to be a member of the Historic Preservation Review Board, some challenged her to think about preservation more holistically. (City Paper)
No more landed gentry requirement:
A proposed Virginia law would eliminate a requirement
that 50% of planning commission members be homeowners. The aim is to allow older members to remain on the board if they start renting. The Alexandria NAACP called the requirement "remaining vestiges of Jim Crow." (Sun Gazette)
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