Breakfast links: Approval and rejection
Tysons pushes forward: Fairfax County approved a $3.1 billion funding plan for Tysons Corner, including contributions from developers and a property tax district to raise funds for the grid of streets, parks, community centers and more. (Post)
Uber taxi app illegal in New York: Uber launched an app to hail a regular taxi (not separate black cars) in New York, but is pulling out because of regulatory obstacles. The city has an exclusive contract with 2 payment processors that forbids any other apps letting riders pay with credit cards. (TN)
Bethesda neighbors fear Bikeshare: Residents at a neighborhood advisory group criticized plans to bring Capital Bikeshare to Bethesda. The reporter notes that most CaBi riders are under 35, but very few residents at the meeting were. (Bethesda Now)
LivingSocial's Metro deal cost nothing: At least 15,700, or 37% of Nats fans took Metro home from last Friday's final game. Had the game gone late, LivingSocial would have broken even, needing only 5,500 riders to do so. (Examiner)
Cell phones wait on Metro: Metro won't have cell phone coverage throughout the system until 2015. The federal PRIIA legislation authorizing federal money for Metro repairs required WMATA to finish cell service by this Tuesday. (Examiner)
Alexandria wins rights to alley: A court ruled that Alexandria owns Wales Alley, near the waterfront. A boat club, which had purchased an easement in 1935, sued when the city let a restaurant use the alley for outdoor seating. (Post)
DC's murder rate has tumbled: Homicides in DC have fallen 55% since 2000, and last year reached a 49-year low. The Post has an interactive map of all District homicides over the past decade.
Cities of canines: Buenos Aires has a culture of dog owners not picking up poop, which becomes self-reinforcing. (Atlantic Cities) ... Landscape architects are designing dog parks around dogs' different color perception from humans. (Metropolis via RPUS)
And...: What effect will TIFIA have on transit projects? (Streetsblog) ... Baltimore's negotiating agreement with B-Cycle expired, pushing bike sharing there back at least a year. (Baltimore Magazine) ... Arlington's EnviroCab adds the all-electric Nissan Leaf. (WAMU) ... Parking minimums force a restaurant to close in LA. (LAist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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