Midnight links: I will protest injustice morePrinceton Proposition 8, to "preserve traditional sidewalk values" that reserve sidewalks for sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students, faculty, staff, visitors, and others, but not freshmen. (AmericaBlog)
Yes train on Wayne: At Saturday's Takoma Park/Silver Spring Purple Line hearing, many residents testified in support of the light rail Purple Line. Despite many Wayne Avenue residents opposed to an alignment on their stret, one Wayne resident supports it, having lived in San Francisco near a light rail line. "It was a controlled street, very safe, very quiet, more so than on Wayne now with the buses," she said. (Just Up the Pike)
$235,000 from parking: JDLand attended last week's performance parking meeting in Ward 6. There's not much really exciting info, but the program earned $235,000 in about six months, which is about a quarter of the cost to install the meters and signs. But we needn't wait two years for community benefits: 20% of the revenue goes to the neighborhood right away.
Saved by the limit: The National Building Museum's Martin Moeller thinks the height limit saved downtown DC from becoming "a patchwork in which skyscrapers alternate with surface parking lots" like Cleveland or Detroit. He also talks about how visitors to DC miss the good parts of the city (the neighborhoods) while getting stuck on the Mall, and feels that thanks to our many historic districts, "novelty rarely gets a chance to breathe."
- Fairfax's answer to neighbors' transit plans: Light rail, streetcars, and BRT
- The DC zoning update has already had triple the public input as the enormous 1958 zoning code. Enough is enough.
- Today's problems were visible decades ago, but zoning has blocked solutions ever since
- Montgomery County added 100,000 residents since 2002, but driving didn't increase
- MARC's chief engineer wants to allow bikes on some weekend trains
- Federal board wants "dignified," dull Southwest Waterfront
- Downtown DC could have been more like L'Enfant Plaza