Breakfast links: A bundle
Raid goes to the top: Jeffrey Thompson, the target of last week's raids connected to DC Council ethics investigations, bundled hundreds of thousands of dollars for local politicians, including $100,000 to Vincent Orange. (Washington Times)
Move out or get a roommate?: DC's MLK Library cannot afford to remain the sole tenant of its building, which needs $200 million in renovations. One proposal would share the space by adding two floors, a second lobby and a second courtyard. (Post)
DC's most dangerous crossings: Despite strides in pedestrian safety, DC still has a number of deadly crossings, most clustered around freeways or 14th Street
— high traffic areas for cars and pedestrians. (TBD)
Herndon approves density plan: Herndon's approved a plan last week for new mixed-use development on 38 acres near its Silver Line Metro station, paving the way for taller buildings and bike/ped improvements. (Fairfax Times)
DC neglects crumbling facade: While other areas see new development making use of old buildings, a facade in Southeast has been a blight for at least seven years while the city has done little to fix it up. (CHotR)
Where are the natives?: What part of DC has the most "native Washingtonians"? Barry Farm, at 83.9%. Also, at least one Ward 8 resident thinks Marion Barry is a native Washingtonian. (R.U. Seriousing Me?)
Residents revolt against liquor moratorium: After Glover Park's ANC voted to extend the neighborhood's liquor license moratorium, some other neighbors organized a campaign to dump it, arguing the moratorium keeps retail space vacant. (City Paper)
And...: Kwame Brown released his school reform package, though DCPS and the Mayor aren't sold on the plan. (Post) ... Mayor Gray will lobby for statehood at the Republican and Democratic conventions, emulating Mayor Williams' practice. (Post) ... A video shows Las Vegas' sprawl growing over 40 years.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE