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New trail remembers War of 1812: To honor the War of 1812 bicentennial, the National Park Service has designated 560 miles of trails and waterways in Maryland, DC and Virginia as the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. (Post)

Crashing at Boundary Stone: Residents of Woodridge deploy flash mob tactics in an attempt to interest stores in setting up shop in their retail-poor neighborhood. (UrbanTurf)

Capital Area Food Bank moves, expands: Capital Area Food Bank nearly doubles as it moves to a new $37 million facility near Fort Totten, largely funded by DC's Office of Housing and Community Development. (WAMU)

Farms stay in Montgomery County: Despite containing so much urban and suburban development, Montgomery County still has about 77,000 acres of farmland. Down 35% since 1982, more than 93% of the county's farmland is protected. (WBJ)

Travel early, get paid?: Stanford's campus has encouraged commuters to push their travel earlier to ease congestion. With a smartphone app and an RFID tag, participating drivers can receive money to travel at off-peak times. (Ars Technica, charlie)

Virginia posts budget surplus: Virginia has posted a $130 million budget surplus for the fiscal year which ended last month. Virginia has now had a surplus in each of the past three years. (Post)

And...: The Discovery Channel brings its inflatable shark back to Silver Spring. (DCist)... Maryland has no natural lakes. (Post)... Meridian Hill Park is undergoing renovation. (Borderstan)... BeyondDC maps Metrobus' articulated bus routes.

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Gee, we taxpayers got a real bargain on that food bank facility.

by ES on Jul 31, 2012 8:39 am • linkreport

I think you're mixing up Woodridge and Woodbridge.

by Matt on Jul 31, 2012 8:44 am • linkreport

Virginia posts budget surplus

Is that a true budget, or did McScrooge forget his payment to the VA pension fund again?

by Jasper on Jul 31, 2012 9:23 am • linkreport

@Matt-Nope, it's Woodridge. Roughly centered on SD Ave and RI Ave, NE.

by thump on Jul 31, 2012 9:27 am • linkreport

It said woodbridge in the headline but its fixed now. It happens often enough. That boundary stone place looks cool.

by drumz on Jul 31, 2012 9:39 am • linkreport

I hope Montgomery County is able to keep that farm land free of development. Not only will it force more intelligent redevelopment of existing low scaled development but the actual food producing capacity of land so close to DC might become a real asset in the future.

by Thayer-D on Jul 31, 2012 10:24 am • linkreport

Really hope some of that surplus goes into paying for some much needed infrastructure here in NOVA.

by Lisse on Jul 31, 2012 10:51 am • linkreport


"The majority of the money must go to the rainy day fund ($78.6 million), cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay ($20.2 million), and roads ($12.3 million) as mandated by state law"

looks like 12 million only, and that won't go very far. especially as thats for the whole Commonwealth.

by AWalkerInTheCity on Jul 31, 2012 11:10 am • linkreport

Pretty funny that McDonnell posts a surplus that ultimately is a drop in the bucket in the face of the entire budget, all the while robbing pension funds, and wildly underinvesting in infrastructure and other things to move Virginia forward, and he gets so much credit for this.

by Kyle-w on Jul 31, 2012 11:18 am • linkreport

Great! Now we have a trail to remember how the British whooped our butts, and that if the Napoleonic wars weren't bothering them too, how we'd all be British subjects again.

by Matt Glazewski on Jul 31, 2012 11:29 am • linkreport

"I hope Montgomery County is able to keep that farm land free of development. Not only will it force more intelligent redevelopment of existing low scaled development but the actual food producing capacity of land so close to DC might become a real asset in the future. "

Or it will cause leapfrog development even further out. Regardless, the strength of the modern food delivery network is in the interconnectedness that makes it highly flexbile. If DC residents are counting on close in farms, that means they are literally already starving (or there's already been a die-off)

by Kolohe on Jul 31, 2012 12:04 pm • linkreport

Re: Stanford paid to drive off peak

Wondering what Rob Pitingolo and readers of his Whole Foods parking article think of this. Is this another case of subsidizing driving (albeit at off peak times) while giving no such subsidy to people using alternative transportation?

by Falls Church on Jul 31, 2012 12:28 pm • linkreport

Good point about the leap frogging. Add some growth barriers to ensure publicly paid infrastructure has a maximum return and we'd be really talking. As for close-in food, the market is demanding fresh and locally grown food which despite the convenience of the food delivery network, seems like a smart thing to think about becasue we might not always be able to rely on the delivery sustem.

by Thayer-D on Jul 31, 2012 1:06 pm • linkreport

Falls church,

Well it would be nice if the program can be tweaked to reward people as well,but as long as its a pilot program and is open to being tweaked I'm interested in seeing where this goes.

If my employer or if the local governments were to institute a program like this and not consider anything for non-car commuters then I'd want the issue to be raised to include everybody.

by drumz on Jul 31, 2012 1:37 pm • linkreport

Re: Stanford paid to drive peak

Stanford University subsidizes transit use with its free public bus service, the Marguerite Shuttle, on 15 routes which travel around campus and connect to Caltrain and other regional bus systems. The shuttle also serves shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in the Palo Alto area.

by Douglas Stallworth on Jul 31, 2012 3:10 pm • linkreport

remember how the British whooped our butts

I'm pretty sure we won. Remember how we defeated Churchill and Trafalgar at New Orleans?

by David C on Jul 31, 2012 4:16 pm • linkreport

"Remember how we defeated Churchill and Trafalgar at New Orleans?"


by Fred on Jul 31, 2012 4:33 pm • linkreport


Maybe I'm confused. Perhaps that was during the Dutch-American War.

by David C on Jul 31, 2012 4:49 pm • linkreport

RE: Virginia Surplus

Of course McDonnell will say that it was his wingnut economic policies that generated the surpluses, but Maryland has also had a surplus for two years running and will likely have one again this year.

RE: Maryland not having any lakes.

In other news after a thorough investigation, Post editors found out that the big yellow orb in the sky was called the Sun. Seriously how did they not know this?

by King Terrapin on Jul 31, 2012 5:17 pm • linkreport


by HogWash on Jul 31, 2012 5:19 pm • linkreport

exactly douglas s. The free buses are available to everyone not only those affiliated w/ the university. I would also add Stanford pays you cash for not applying for a student parking permit. It also, of ccourse, charges for them.

by h street landlord on Jul 31, 2012 8:13 pm • linkreport

Re: Stanford's tranasportation programs

In addition, to the university's bus service being open to students, employees and visitors, there are car sharing programs on campus and bike use is strongly encouraged with dedicated lanes, and storage and repair facilities.

by Douglas Stallworth on Aug 1, 2012 8:16 am • linkreport

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