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The Presidential City: Presidents like Madison, Grant and Johnson have had dramatic effects, both positive and negative, on DC's life, cityscape and voting rights. (DCist)
Share a taxi from baseball: Taxis can soon pick up multiple passengers at once after baseball games, under new rules from the Taxicab Commission. Nats Park will also get a taxi stand and line similar to Union Station's. (Washington Times)
Name the Silver Line stations: WMATA and Fairfax County have created a survey to get input on Silver Line station names. The county-recommended names came under substantial criticism for being extremely boring and repetitive.
Violent crime on the rise: Violent crime, especially robberies, is up significantly across DC. Murders, however, continued to decline. (Washington Times)
More restaurants in Wards 7 & 8: A few sit-down restaurants have opened east of the river, and residents are eager for more. One potential restauranteur, though, decided not to open in Anacostia because there wasn't enough pedestrian traffic. (Post)
Now free to open wide: Half of low-income adults with dental coverage haven't been to a dentist in more than a year. A new free clinic opens in DC to help low-income residents fill that gap. (DCentric)
LivingSocial takes a lashing: Local businesses accuse LivingSocial of deploying "Walmart principles against the creative community" by opening a store 918 F Street NW. But are they just sore about competition? (DCist)
Keeping seniors in cities: Although the trend has been for seniors to move to the sunbelt after retirement, cities could do more to entice them to stay, including adding street furniture and legalizing jitneys. (Salon via Planetizen)
On the Mall...:: Developer John Akridge has given the Trust for the National Mall $1 million. (DCist) ... Tourmobile's replacement will soon operate around the Mall for only $5 per boarding, or $8.75 for a trip to Arlington Cemetery. (WTOP)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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