Weekend links: Limbo
Austerity brings uncertainty: The Department of Homeland Security headquarters at St. Elizabeth's is beset by Congressional politics, causing delays, rising costs, and uncertainty for the neighborhoods banking on its success. (Post)
Red top critics have their say: Critics of the red top meter program say they need more thought before moving forward. Not all the spaces are ADA compliant, and the meters are sometimes poorly placed for the disabled. However, most support the overall system of charging for parking. (Post)
A growing industry: Marijuana will be grown on 6 sites, 5 of which will be clustered in Ward 5. The low number could mean problems for dispensaries, which had counted on 10 growing sites. (Post, DCist)
Montgomery has changed: Montgomery County has changed a lot in 50 years. A generation of activists who moved there for the classic suburban life and want to keep it that way don't reflect the current demographics and needs of the county. (JUTP)
Where do new DC residents come from?: New residents of DC most likely last lived in Montgomery or Prince George's, followed by Europe, Arlington, Asia, New York, Fairfax, Chicago, Central America and LA. DCentric has the data for several area jurisdictions.
Get on the bus: There is very little sexy about the bus, at least to American eyes, but the key to transit access outside of the most urban areas lies with changing that perception and getting people on board the bus. (NPR)
The pedestrian death double standard: San Francisco's cycling population is booming, and with it has come some high-profile cyclist-on-pedestrian crashes. Yet while the media hypes every bike crash, the far more common drivers hitting pedestrians remain traffic report footnotes. (Streetsblog)
Drivers outraged about driving speed limit: A news crew drove around Staten Island at the speed limit and encountered substantial road rage from impatient drivers. That led to an editorial opposing a "culture of aggression" on the streets. (SILive)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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