Breakfast links: Dry spell
No park at McMillan: The Army Corps of Engineers says it's impossible to open McMillan Reservoir to the public as park land. The issue isn't the above-ground water, but rather the below-ground reservoirs to the east. (City Paper)
More information in planner: Metro's trip planner now has real-time alerts about track work, elevator outages, and delays for their trip. The system still has some bugs, though. (Examiner)
Late-night service in vogue: While late-night Metro service is still up in the air for the playoff-bound Nationals, Madonna concert goers will enjoy extended hours paid for by the Verizon Center. (WTOP)
DCA getting busier: National Airport is bursting at the seams as passenger traffic grew, Congress added long-distance flights, and US Airways created a hub bringing more connecting passengers. They'll need to upgrade facilities to handle the load. (Post)
WalkUPs not entirely about walking: Some "walkable urban places" bring a taste of a city's form into the suburbs, but they are not all created equal. Some have large superblocks or are islands amid parking garages, forcing people to drive. (Salon)
Park(ing) recap: Park(ing) Day brought splashes of green and shade to some downtown blocks. Many cities around the country got in on the act. (Post, Streetsblog)
Porches in, garages out: More homes are being built with front porches, and fewer ones with garages, as the market responds to demand for more human-focused housing. (USA Today)
And...: A Metro train operator prevented a suicide. (Examiner) ... Giving seniors free bus passes makes them healthier. (Atlantic Cities) ... Many architects too often forget about the context of their buildings in the existing environment. (Guardian) ... Bike advocates and bike shops both work to get more people biking. (Patch)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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