Breakfast links: Less glass
Intelsat more suburban, its building less?: Intelsat might leave its 1985 vintage suburban building right by Van Ness Metro. Could we hope that a new owner would turn it into a more street-engaging design? Or it might just become an embassy. (WBJ)
Modern buildings: stay in Seattle: New HPRB member Graham Davidson objects to a very modern proposal for Florida Avenue NW, saying the design should instead "knit the neighborhood back together" and that it looks "like it belongs in Seattle." (City Paper)
Culture of mediocrity rules: A new report from WMATA describes a culture that promotes the incompetent and leaves the qualified behind, that actively discourages innovation and change from the bottom, and often discriminates on the basis of color and sex. The problems have been going on for years. (Washington Times)
CaBi gets more people biking: An Arlington survey of Capital Bikeshare users shows that only 5% of trips would have otherwise used a personal bike. That means CaBi is getting many people to bike who would not otherwise have done so. (TheWashCycle)
Some schools newly popular: Several schools not always considered very desirable, like Bancroft and Maury, have become so, attracting a lot of applications for the annual out-of-boundary lottery. (Post)
See a building on wheels: A small townhouse rolled across New York Avenue on Saturday, to make room for a new development project between 6th and 7th Streets NW but preserve the building. (City Paper)
Cyclist receives mercy: A San Francisco cyclist who killed a pedestrian received mercy after the victim's family requested that he be spared prison. Instead, he has been ordered to pay restitution and become a bicycling safety advocate. (SF Examiner)
And...: Washington added more urban dwellers than any other Northeast city. (Examiner) ... MARC and the Maryland MTA had record ridership in February. (Post) ... JBG proposed a signature apartment building for downtown McLean. (Patch) ... Developers say there aren't enough candidates to meet DC local hiring rules. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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