Breakfast links: Who's for transit?
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)
How WMATA uses contractors: WMATA is spending $51.9 million on contractors, to do work from escalator analyses to SmarTrip evaluations. This may sound like a lot, but actually isn't that much compared to other agencies. (Examiner, City Paper)
And...: A number of Fenty backers are lining up behind Muriel Bowser to run for mayor in 2014. (Georgetown Dish) ... Are some DC museums too big? (DC Internationalist) ... Designers think up creative ways to "fix" the cul-de-sac. (New York Magazine)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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