Breakfast links: How to use public space
Fairfax against Tysons road: Fairfax County supervisors officially recommended against building a controversial road through the Old Courthouse Spring Branch forest in Tysons. Nearby residents had mobilized against the road. (Post)
Hyattsville boosts public parking: Hyattsville is increasing its public parking by more 50%, including removing travel lanes on Route 1 outside of rush hour and new municipal lots. The city is also standardizing parking rates at 50¢ per hour. (Gazette)
Cracking down on loitering: A new law in Prince George's allows up to 10 days in jail for a first-time loitering offense. Do anti-loitering laws discourage or promote sociable use of public spaces? (Gazette)
Don't congregate near Andrews: Prince George's will forbid public gathering places like churches and theaters near Joint Base Andrews because there's a chance of a plane crash. A helicopter crashed 3 miles from the base in 2008. (Examiner)
DC sees more Ward 6 voters: DC has released the final tally for the election. Ward 6, home to some rapidly-growing neighborhoods, had the most presidential votes. Will this growth continue in years without a presidential election? (Post)
Arlington cab drivers protest: 40 Arlington taxi drivers protested yesterday outside the County Board offices, opposing the expansion of Arlington's taxi fleet and calling for a bill of rights to protect them from companies' control of operating certificates. (Post)
How New York recovered: NYU created an interactive timeline of NYC transportation before and after Hurricane Sandy as part of a detailed report on Sandy preparation and recovery. One recommendation: keep the exclusive busways the city set up to route around flooded tunnels as permanent BRT lines. (Atlantic Cities, Streetsblog)
And...: GWU and AU will ban smoking on campus in 2013. (DCist) ... Chicagoans argue about strollers on transit like we do. (Tribune) ... Toronto's anti-bicycle mayor was removed from office for violating conflict of interest rules. (Atlantic Cities, Streetsblog)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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