Greater Greater Washington

Breakfast links: Scratching poison ivy in Maryland

ICC's eviler cousin: Have you ever heard of the CCC? That's another freeway Maryland is busy building in Charles County to destroy the natural beauty of its southern region. Imagine, DC writes, "building highways to alleviate traffic is like scratching poison Ivy to get rid of the irritation."


Photo by bankbryan on Flickr.

From airport to sprawl: Hyde Airport in Clinton, MD will close, to be replaced with more houses and stores nowhere near transit, continuing Prince George's pattern of having no particular development plan as they rapidly convert their county into auto-dependent suburban sprawl.

More vanilla in our chocolate: Rob Goodspeed crunches the census numbers and concludes that if trends continue, DC will stop being majority-black in 2014. Ryan Avent thinks the bigger news is that the population growth in Wards 1, 2, and 6 will change ward boundaries in 2010 and move political power from the edges into the center.

Please reread the definition of "news": A remarkably unhelpful Gazette article reports on excited reactions by the Takoma Park City Council to improvements in New Hampshire Avenue. Only problem is, the article completely fails to say anything about the actual improvements. Meanwhile, WTOP announces that DC may use eminent domain in Southeast Washington. How about including where? (City Desk does).

Plus: Might a Trader Joe's be coming to 14th and U? Infosnack analyzes the ballpark performance parking pilot's flaws and makes suggestions; No deal is in the works with Columbia Country Club.

David Alpert is the founder and editor-in-chief of Greater Greater Washington. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Dupont Circle. 

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One square in the Eminent Domain bill is the one sw corner of Good Hope and MLK. I wonder if the resturaunt owner who just spent alot of money to restore and re-install this hisotric neon sign http://anacostianow.blogspot.com/2008/10/anacostia-sign-is-back.html knows what's going on.

by What the right hand is doing on Oct 29, 2008 11:35 am • linkreport

While there were definately news stories that did not offer any news, I must say that the Purple Line story was quite informative. It answered some questions I raised in my post on Monday with regards to the supposed land swap discussions with the CCC.

I also find this sentence:

"A 1996 settlement and contribution agreement between the county and the club for building security fencing and golf cart access across the trail states, "The Club acknowledges that the County intends to construct a lightrail or transit way and a permanent hiker/biker trail within the full width of the Georgetown Branch Right-of-Way," pending necessary funding and approvals."

to be really informative too.

This thing, even though it doesn't really matter because the county owns the 100 ft. right of way, just gets curiouser and curiouser...

by Cavan on Oct 29, 2008 1:22 pm • linkreport

Why does the gazette keep insisting on calling it an old trolley line? It was never a trolley. And why does it bother me?

by David C on Oct 29, 2008 3:10 pm • linkreport

Republican Rep. Don Young (AK-AL) just suggested that no national politician could get a fair trial by a jury in Washington, DC because the inhabitants of Washington DC are in a state of hostility with the Congress that rules them - they don't like it, it doesn't trust them. Since he voted against the DC Voting Rights Act, he's suggesting that DC inhabitants are just not trustworthy enough to be a functioning part of the American system of government. This was a statement about why his Senator, Ted Stevens, was convicted of bribery.

A suggestion: Donate to Mark Begich and Ethan Berkowitz, their Democratic opponents, who have even been endorsed by Redstate.com and are doing well in the polls even before the conviction, and we'll get this much closer to establishing voting rights & perhaps even more than that.

by Squalish on Oct 29, 2008 3:23 pm • linkreport

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