Breakfast links: Who's for transit?
Photo by afagen on Flickr.
Obama stiffs WMATA:
President Obama's budget cuts $15 million
in WMATA repair money. DC, Maryland and Virginia match this funding, so this could mean $30 million less in repairs to track signals or escalators. (Post)
Republicans for transit:
Six Republican Congressmen from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio support restoring transit funding
in the transportation bill. Several also plan to vote against the bill in its current form. (Streetsblog)
Bethesda second entrance lives:
A Montgomery County Council committee voted to restore funding
for the Bethesda Metro second entrance, delaying it just one year instead of indefinitely as in County Executive Leggett's budget. Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer voted for the change
, while Nancy Floreen abstained. (Post, Examiner)
From vacant lot to trendy market:
A shipping container market and event space is slated for the vacant lots
north of Nationals Park. The market, replacing The Bullpen and Das Bullpen, will be modeled after Brooklyn's Dekalb Market. (JDLand)
Will Trump Post Office fail?:
Why did GSA choose Donald Trump to redevelop the Old Post Office? Steven Pearlstein says Trump's numbers don't add up
and the project is headed for a bankruptcy like several prior Trump projects. (Post)
Property rights on the ballot:
Restrictions on eminent domain will be on Virginia's November ballot after a Senate vote on an amendment
to the state's constitution. The change would cost the state $36 million a year, or maybe much more. (Post)
Arts fade downtown:
Zoning regulations require arts spaces downtown, but many galleries have been priced out
, and those that remain are not very accessible or visible. But the zoning has helped a lively theater scene thrive downtown. (Post)
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