Breakfast links: Cheaper, faster
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SmarTrip gets cheaper:
There are only 350,000
of the current model SmarTrip cards left, and the manufacturer stopped making them. This is a good thing, because this fall WMATA will switch to a cheaper card and charge riders less. (Examiner)
Teaching goes online:
Kramer Middle School will shift about half of its coursework online
this coming year, allowing for student-guided teaching and giving teachers a chance to work with students where they're struggling individually. (Examiner)
House lien sold without notice?:
A few homeowners say they never got notices
when DC's Office of Tax and Revenue put liens on their homes
or sold those liens. But officials insist everyone gets 2 final notices in the mail. (Post)
C'mon, exercise! Everyone's doing it!:
Peer pressure does not have to be bad; it can actually encourage children to exercise more
. A study found that kids' friends had the strongest effect on how much they exercised. (TIME)
Density resembles transit:
There is a strong correlation
between residential density and transit mode share, stronger even than job density in a city's central business district, but that may not be the whole story. (Old Urbanist)
What was zoning for?:
Urbanists, especially the libertarian ones, tend to criticize zoning for the way it artificially restricts urban development, but the original arguments in favor
of zoning codes were concerned with many of the issues urbanists would raise today: development externalities, squatting on a vacant parcel, and safety. (SCC)
How cars took over:
At first, people thought pedestrians had the right to use the road. That changed
thanks to public campaigns by car companies, AAA, and corporate-sponsored media. (Scientific American)
A few stories we've linked to in the past have come around in the press again and we've seen again in the tips, so we've included a few of these important stories for those readers who missed them or want to discuss them some more.
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