Weekend links: The grand plan
Downtown BID thinks big: Finishing the K Street Transitway plan, implementing performance parking, and establishing financing for a homeless shelter are among the items DC's downtown BID wants to accomplish with a
$0.07 0.7¢ tax hike. (WBJ)
Bye building, hello parking: Capitol Heights can't afford to fix up a historic building once slated as its new city hall, so it will tear it down for a paid parking lot instead. (Gazette)
Car2go launches: Zipcar gets some competition this weekend with the launch of car2go, which offers one-way car sharing. Sign-ups are free for the weekend. (Washingtonian)
Arts get a budgetary boost: The proposed DC budget would
increase arts funding by at least $4.4 million, with more funds contingent on federal money not really increase arts funding at all, but just reflects a shift of a program from federal to DC control. The proposed arts budget Even with the federal shift, the local arts budget, at $7.6 million, is still only half what it was in 2009. (DCist, City Paper)
VRE will raise prices: VRE will raise fares 3%, to cover inflation. The railroad enjoys a nearly 100% on-time rate, happy customers, and a relatively cheap fare. (Post)
Cyclists are best customers: Cyclists bring more economic activity than drivers, due to moving slower through an area, taking up less room to park, and more. Localities can use bike infrastrure and ciclovias to attract economic activity. (Streetsblog)
Better map for the Bay: The San Francisco Bay Area's balkanized transit system sprawls over the gigantic region without any unifying transit map, leading to some very confused riders. One unofficial unified map is starting to make waves. (Atlantic Cities)
And...: With Michelle Rhee gone, private grants to DCPS have evaporated. (Post) ... Charge for parking, rather then rides, for San Francisco ferries. (Greater Marin) ... Batman isn't a good driver. (DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?
- VRE's map keeps getting more diagrammatic
- How five local businesspeople would tackle gentrification on 14th Street