Breakfast links: No silver bullet
Loudoun may opt out, wants more time: Loudoun supervisors are split over the Silver Line, with one calling Metro "evil." Supporters want to further delay a decision to see if they can reduce the financial burden and push reforms at MWAA. (TN, Post)
GSA changes course: Under spending pressure from Congress, GSA won't try to bring temporary urbanism to the dead semicircular space by Federal Triangle Metro. (City Paper) ... Republicans criticized GSA for not moving faster to sell an old power plant in Georgetown, but the ANC commissioner says they're moving quite quickly. (Dish)
Illegal to do radio interview while driving: Fox News host Chris Wallace got pulled over in DC for talking on a cell phone; at that very moment, he was doing a live radio interview with a station in St. Louis. (DCist)
Bike planning guide ignores cycle tracks: After thirteen years, the national association of state DOTs has released a new manual for bikeway design, but it lacks specific instructions for cycle tracks. Any such guidance falls under the same designation as bicycle-only trails unconnected to streets with motor vehicle traffic. (Streetsblog)
APA for unnecessary parking?: California's chapter of the American Planning Association was oddly negative about efforts to relax parking minimums. Californian Donald Shoup explains the reasons it's a good policy. (Market Urbanism, Streetsblog)
Hollywood grows up: Hollywood is going to get denser. The LA city council yesterday approved a plan to increase density near Hollywood's metro stops, part of LA's very slow transition away from being the epicenter of American car culture. (LA Times)
Should transit networks decentralize?: With increasing job density in the outer boroughs, New York City may need a more decentralized transit network. Would the proposed Purple Line represent a similar shift in the Washington area? (NAC)
And...: Residents imagine a Cheverly centered on the Metro station. (Gazette)... The transit-oriented areas of Arlington and Montgomery are comparable in size. (BeyondDC) ... Part of Langdon Park off Rhode Island Ave will be designated Chuck Brown Park. (DCist)... Is Logan/14th St. the tastiest neighborhood in DC? (Urbanturf)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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