Breakfast links: Replace what's failing
Time to rebuild Crystal: Losing defense agencies has created an opportunity to transform Crystal City. Developers plan to add more residential and retail, but will it work? (City Paper)
Another day, another friction ring: Another friction ring fell off a Metro train this week. Metro had 2 similar failures last winter, but lacks funds to replace all of the parts. (Examiner)
Yes, not BRT is cheaper than BRT: A study says the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway BRT line could be built faster and cheaper if it runs in more mixed traffic and loses its park-and-rides, but lawmakers are wary of cutting corners. (Examiner)
More bad arguments against CaBi: Libertarian group Reason.TV posted a video critique of Capital Bikeshare that makes many questionable arguments. It focuses on how ridership demographics skew white and educated when there is a sliver of funding targeting low-income riders, which hasn't even been spent yet. (Post, City Paper)
Get past the post: While bollards help keep cars off bike paths, they can also pose a danger to cyclists, but Arlington puts bollards in seemingly bizarre places where cars would never go. (Patch)
From stodgy to stunning: DC is generally considered to be very architecturally conservative, but several projects across the city are changing that perception, making DC an example of progressive urbanism. (Archpaper)
Consider adoption: Arlington is looking for individuals and groups to adopt an ART bus stop by picking up trash, clearing snow, and reporting any problems. (ARLnow)
And...: An illuminated helmet can operate as a brake light, turn signal, or just look cool. (Fashioning Tech, Bossi) ... DC looks to activate St. Elizabeths with temporary events. (City Paper) ... Like Prince of Petworth? (Or don't?) Then you'll love Titan of Trinidad!Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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