Breakfast links: Sober new laws
Limits on liquor protests draw protest: A comprehensive liquor license reform bill could limit who can protest a license, but is running into protests over the change. Other changes legalize Sunday takeout sales and "growlers." (Post)
McDonnell might raise VA gas tax: Govenor Bob McDonnell said Virginia might start adjusting its gas tax for inflation. A similar plan died earlier this year without the support of McDonnell and Virginia House Republicans. (Examiner)
Height limit defense: Kaid Benfield votes not to change the height limit, largely because he feels DC is fine as it is, there are existing opportunities for infill development, and it could be a slippery slope toward less livable super high rises. (Switchboard)
Residents don't want bus lot: A group of southern Fairfax residents is suing to stop WMATA from moving a bus lot from Old Town to their neighborhood. They say it's a conflict of interest that 2 members of the Board of Supervisors, which approved the change, sit on the WMATA Board. (Patch)
The toll not paid: Nearly 1/3 of ICC motorists without an E-ZPass never pay their toll, adding up to $670,000 in six months. Maryland may have to start using more aggressive methods used by other states to get the tolls paid. (Post)
NYC riders get allied: A new grassroots rider advocacy group, called Riders Alliance, is launching in New York. (Streetsblog) ... Do we need one here?
Trolls beware: The Justice Department and FTC might start going after patent trolls who sue over patents but don't make anything. This could be very good news for transit agencies whose real-time arrival information was often the target of such suits. (WBJ)
And...: Four Mile Run will get a better connection to Potomac Yard. (ARLnow) ... More cyclists wear cameras to record collisions and close calls. (WJLA) ... Performance parking comes to H Street. (Hill Rag) ... Chevy Chase may get a shuttle to Bethesda. (Gazette)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- What's so great about the Purple Line, anyway?
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- And the MetroGreater winner is...
- Does DC want boring architecture? Sort of.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.