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."
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- After more crashes, DDOT pledges to remove Arkansas Avenue's rush hour lane
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- Norfolk's light rail choice: Embrace the city, or follow the highway?
- Landover is not the place for the FBI
- A new neighborhood rises east of the river. Is it a sign of change, or more of the same?
Fri Oct 24
9:00 am Urban agriculture symposium
Sat Oct 25
3:00 pm CSG tour: College Park
Mon Oct 27
5:30 pm Georgetown MUP speaker series
Tue Oct 28