Breakfast links: Gray areas
Photo by Charles Allen.
U-turning taxi hits cyclist: A taxi making a U-turn in the bike lanes hit a bicyclist on Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday. Tommy Wells is promising to introduce emergency legislation to stop the DMV from overturning U-turn tickets. (DCist)
Service changes raise Gray's ire: Mayor Gray disagrees with service changes to two bus routes WMATA made in response to incidents of rock throwing. One spokesman said that the four incidents did not constitute a pattern to justify the route changes. (DCist)
New depths for extra height: A developer is seeking permission to build a 12- to 22-story complex of office and hotel buildings a block from the Pentagon City Metro and is offering to fund a pool and streetcar lines in the area. (Examiner)
Make lobbyists disclose faster: Paid lobbyists at the DC Council only have to report their clients twice a year. That means the public doesn't know until long after issues are settled. Many states require this monthly or even more often. (Sunlight Foundation)
Why was Yes a no?: Why couldn't a Yes! Organic Market succeed east of the river? Reasons specific to the store and its location, people say, not a sign that it is a bad place for retail. (City Paper)
Plans for Shaw parcel: A plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW will soon be a large mixed-use building with retail and either a hotel, or residential units, depending on which plan is selected. (UrbanTurf)
Arlington considers homeless shelter: Arlington is considering buying a building to house more county office space, but it would also have a year-round homeless shelter, which has some area residents upset. (Patch)
And...: Sandy damaged many of New York's bikeshare docks and bikes in a Brooklyn warehouse that flooded. (NYT) ... The Brookland and Shady Grove Metro stations get more bike parking. (PlanItMetro) ... Could the area get a high-speed ferry? (WTOP)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- DDOT director Brown stands up to opposition to mini-circles