Breakfast links: Motion like the tide
Anacostia fears tsunami: The wake of Lumen8Anacostia and Cherry Blast have left questions and concerns in Anacostian minds. Could the neighborhood control a wave of gentrification if it comes to Anacostia's shore? (City Paper)
DDOT moves, but slowly: DDOT has now placed its order for 2 new streetcars. But councilmembers worry that it's been slow with hiring, streetcar purchases, and more. (WTOP, TBD)
Barry blames press: Asian and Pacific Islander residents criticized Marion Barry for his recent comments; Barry responded by blaming the media for blowing up the issue. He's also reached out to the Phillipine ambassador who called for an apology. (Post)
Back to work: Maryland needs 2 special sessions to for the budget and gambling legislation, though the Senate wants to deal with transportation instead. Perhaps it's time for the state to move to a full-time legislature? (Washington Times, FreeStater)
Costco not winning hearts: Costco tried to convince nearby residents that the large gas station it wants to build behind a new Wheaton store won't harm air quality and the neighborhood. Most were unconvinced, but liked the landscape architecture. (Patch)
Infant mortality improves: DC's infant mortality rate has improved markedly, moving from 23.1 deaths per 1,000 to only 8 deaths per 1,000. Home health visits and better healthcare outreach contributed to the improvement. (Post)
Hope from DC's renaissance: Detroit's current plight is much like DC's in the 1990s: loss of financial control, declining population, and rampant violence. Yet if DC could turn around, Detroit can, too. (MLive)
The snarl reaches Brazil: São Paulo's traffic is obscenely bad, largely from onerous parking minimums that often double the space a developer needs to build. (IBT)
And...: DC's major development projects continue to crawl forward. (WBJ) ... San Jose is plotting a major shift towards sustainable growth and transportation. (Sociecity) ... The Sierra Club endorses candidates for Falls Church City Council. (BlueVirginia)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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