Breakfast links: Groundhog Day
6 more weeks of... winter?: Puxutawney Phil's "long-lost cousin," Potomac Phil, had his own Groundhog Day celebration in Dupont Circle this morning. Organizers couldn't find a live groundhog (the Zoo has none), so they had to use a stuffed one, at least this year. (Post)
House transpo bill to markup: The House's bad transportation bill goes through markup today, and a few amendments could help. Advocacy groups are asking people to contact their representatives to support restoring bike and pedestrian funding. (Streetsblog, Bike League)
Metro finds more cracks: Metro has found cracked rails at an increasing rate over the past three years. Part of the reason is the age of the system, but they also have gotten better at finding them. (Examiner)
Not terribly deliberate speed: In DC and nationwide, segregation is in decline. But DC is desegregating slower than other cities, with large tracts that are entirely black or entirely white not seeing much integration. (City Paper)
Main drag a drag: College Park has the density to support many establishments but Route 1's lack of walkability severely limits businesses. Traffic calming and wider sidewalks could help make Route 1 a real main street. (Rethink College Park)
Food deserts not a huge issue?: A new survey shows that most urban families are satisfied with their access to food, but grocery prices and having time to cook were more pressing concerns. (WAMU)
Public safety and history collide: The Palisades firehouse needs larger vehicle doors, but that would significantly change the historic structure, which HPRB probably can't allow under preservation laws. The Mayor's Agent can. (Georgetown Dish)
Preservation group didn't stall Met Branch: Owners of the Silver Spring B&O Station were initially blamed for blocking the Metropolitan Branch Trail, but their executive director insists they support the trail. So what happened? (Silver Spring Trails)
And...: Competition may encourage embassies to go green. (City Paper) ... Walter Reed won't be the new home for the FBI. (City Paper) ... It's time for TIGER IV. (Streetsblog) ... The Bethesda Metro tunnel will get some art. (Patch)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- New info about who rides a bike in DC will let us make the city even greater for cyclists
- Farragut Square's virtual tunnel saves Metro riders time and eases crowding. Should downtown get another one?
- Maryland's rural economy depends on its urban and suburban areas
- How well do you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 33
- Out: "cycletrack." In: "protected bikeway."
- Metro's flooded stations, in pictures
- Amsterdam plays Spot the Christmas Streetcar