Weekend links: Development delays
Waterfront on ice: Alexandria's waterfront plan is on hold, yet again, after opponents won a procedural appeal over whether the city council needed more votes than the 5-2 they had. (Post)
Residents don't get to speak on Cafritz: Procedural arguments from the two sides bogged down a Prince George's council meeting on the Cafritz development, and many people who'd taken the day off to testify didn't get a chance. The council will meet again April 30 to hear from residents. (Gazette)
Orange wins: Vincent Orange appears to have won the Democratic nomination for at-large DC council. A strong showing in provisional and absentee ballots pushed his lead over Sekou Biddle to nearly 3%. (Post)
"One City" line?: DDOT suggests calling the streetcar line that will stretch from Benning Road to Washington Circle the One City Line. Following some criticism, officials clarified that it's just a working title. (DCist, City Paper)
Bike bits: Biking on Arlington trails doubled in some places from February to March. (CommuterPageBlog) ... NPS released draft pedicab rules for public comment. (TBD) ... CaBi will now sell helmets and offer a payment plan for annual memberships. (Post)
Work for, live in Arlington: Only 25% of Arlington employees live in the county. The board is considering a one-time grant for them to buy houses in the county. (Patch)
Augmented reality to the rescue: Residents often fear a building's massing and height. Researchers in Finland hope showing the building in augmented reality will better inform people about how a project will truly look. (Atlantic Cities)
Walking: Retailers and road design: In part 3 of Tom Vanderbilt's Slate series on walking, Harriet Tregoning says retailers know their car counts in detail, but give blank stares when asked about the number of bus passengers who ride by a location.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Part 4 discusses the sordid history of why mid-century road designers didn't build sidewalks, didn't make bus stops accessible to pedestrians, and even started thinking of sidewalks and pedestrians to "shield cars from the danger of the trees."
- Metro floats cutting service for the Green, Yellow, Orange, and Silver Lines
- The Baltimore Red Line does need a tunnel, despite its cost
- The five most frustrating things about Metro's problems
- By 2019 it will have taken 34 years to build the Silver Line
- "Convincing" and "enjoyable" "even with the wonkiness"
- Forest Glen residents and a state delegate want a MARC station in Forest Glen
- The Met Branch Trail could get brighter, safer, and easier to get to