Breakfast links: Tax day
Silver Line worth millions: Loudoun County would get $386 million in taxes from Silver Line-related development, according to a new financial report. The county would be on the hook for at least that much if it chooses to fund the line. (Examiner)
Americans for budget autonomy: In a survey, fully 71% of Americans surveyed think DC should set its own budget, not have Congress control it. Interestingly (or insignificantly), slightly more Republicans supported budget autonomy than Democrats. (DCist)
CMs squabble over unseemly giveaway: Some DC Councilmembers are whining about free tickets to Nationals games, saying Kwame Brown isn't giving them out fairly. How about not giving elected officials free stuff at all? (Post)
Do not pass go: The former director of housing for Prince George's County has been sentenced to 37 months in jail for conspiracy to commit extortion. The conviction is part of the pay-to-play scandal that rocked the county last year. (Patch)
We have half of the top 3: New York's Janette Sadik-Khan, Chicago's and formerly DC's Gabe Klein, and Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard Hall are the top 3 "transportation officials who are changing the game" in a Streetsblog top-11 list. (Is PlanMaryland a transportation project? Either way, congrats!)
A taste of things to come: At least on first read, Saturday's launch of Lumen8Anacostia was a great success, attracting a diverse mix of people to Ward 8's signature neighborhood. Might it be a new tomorrow for the neighborhood? (City Paper)
Space nerds, go outside: This morning between 10 and 11 am, see the Discovery space shuttle being delivered to Dulles. The shuttle's plane will make a number of passes along the Potomac at 1,500 feet. (Patch)
Another kind of neighborhood: A neighborhood isn't just geography; it's the collection of shops and parks where the same people spend time. Using Foursquare check-ins, reserachers mapped these "Livehoods" in a handful of cities. (Atlantic Cities)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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