Breakfast links and video: Much to scrutinize
DC shorted millions in fees: Housing officials have not effectively collected housing assistance fees from apartment-to-condo conversions, costing the city an estimated $30.6 million. (WBJ)
Alarms raised at youth program: Staff at the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp had raised concerns about suspicious earmarks that turned out to be fronts for Harry Thomas, Jr. to steal from DC. (Washington Times)
Lotto contract's strange dealings: DC's lottery contract was not properly awarded, according to the inspector general's office, and some on the DC Council want a deeper investigation into how it was awarded. (Washington Times)
A two-term Virginia?: Virginia is the only state in the union to place a one-term limit on its governors, and Governor McDonnell thinks this is too few. (National Journal)
Travel model incorporates science: Researchers found that the population of a city has far more influence on the number of intercity trips than distance. They've made that part of a new travel model that is far more accurate than previous models. (Physorg)
Smart growth gets its day: Randal O'Toole and Todd Litman debated the merits of transit and smart growth. Litman, who argued for smart growth, came away from the experience with some advice for fending off critics like O'Toole. (Planetizen)
Raleigh steps backward: Raleigh residents posted some guerrilla wayfinding signs that garnered great acclaim, but were technically illegal, so otherwise supportive officials had to take them down. The city council will consider how to restore them. (Atlantic Cities)
Reauthorization on video: Jay Mallin has created a video about the transportation reauthorization fight, and the clear message from House Republicans: Don't walk, bike or ride transit, just get a car.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Consumers say they like trains. Why don't economists care?
- To bike without worrying about nearby cars, I'm happy on the MBT
- Alexandria has identified locations for its next 16 bikeshare stations
- Transit to Wolf Trap will still run through West Falls Church
- There's history to behold on some of DC's manhole covers
- The Washington region is the world's 77th largest urban area
- Smarter growth will expand Prince George's tax base