Holiday links: Memorial
It's never too early: With the Gray administration mired in scandal, several candidates appear to be positioning themselves for a run for mayor in 2014, including councilmembers Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, and Tommy Wells. (Post)
Uber legal: A taxi bill in the DC Council would, among other things, legalize taxi services like Uber, though it might not permit Uber's model of higher prices at busy times. (Post)
Stay away from Wegmans: Mayor Gray wants to bring Wegmans to DC, but that's a foolish idea since Wegmans is only interested in building huge suburban stores, not trying more urban formats. (RPUS)
What DC was like in 1940: The Washington Times delved into Census data from 1940. Houses near Eastern Market cost less than most of Ward 8 and what's now Ward 5 was mostly white, and there were only 6,500 lawyers.
No trouble with the maples: One study find that the tree canopy tends to actually deter crime in Baltimore. Lower brush however, seems to increase it. (Atlantic)
How and why of opposition: Review processes, set up in the wake of failed urban renewal projects, allow handfuls of residents who fear and overestimate the effects of change to stymie transit and residential projects. (Salon)
And...: Tourism will be big in cities this summer, particularly DC. (WAMU) ... WABA gets The Advoc8te on a bike for the first time in two decades. (CHotR) ... One underutilized parking lot has become a beach-themed bar, with 70 tons of sand. (The Triangle)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Public land deals have both benefits and pitfalls
- Long-term closures: A solution to single-tracking?