Weekend links: Densification
Glenmont Sector Plan unveiled: Montgomery County has
released at last started the planning effort for its Glenmont Sector Plan. Officials envision a high-density, transit-oriented hub, but the land is split between many owners, making change difficult. (DCMud)
BRAC for the civies: A bill to create a civilian BRAC process is moving forward in the House. A commission identify which civilian properties can be sold or consolidated. (WBJ)
Big Chair relaunches, reopens: Historic Anacostia has its coffee shop back: Big Chair Café has reopened under new management, which wants to make it the neighborhood's gathering place. (WAMU)
An encouraging but timid plan for the Mall: NPS's conceptual plan for the Mall
mostly has some elements which just tweak s around the edges and neglect s its place as a park for residents, or so says the director G. Martin Moeller, Jr., senior vice president and curator of the National Building Museum, in his capacity as a private citizen. (City Paper)
What to call gentrification by non-whites: Gentrification is largely class-based, but are the outcomes the same when gentrifiers aren't white? (DCentric)
Fight for your right to cycle: Cyclists in Baltimore went ballistic when word leaked out that two college presidents may have quietly put the kibosh on a planned bike lane. Yet the lane isn't dead yet, and activists are fighting to keep it alive. (Baltimore Brew)
On the polycentric metro region: Regions with more than one major city are more productive, likely due to shared load between governments. But advantages of large cities, like cultural richness, get lost when the population is divided. (Per Square Mile)
Towards healthier transportation: Designing a city around the car is a recipe for poor health, and a bill in the Washington State House would factor in public health effects when planning transportation. (Seattle Times)
And...: There are some tricks to getting the light to change as a cyclist. (Patch) ... More details emerge on the I-395 air rights development, including LEED Platinum status. (CityBiz )... An interactive map of vacant buildings in Shaw. (EastShawDC)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE