Breakfast links: Welcome to 2013
Tejada to focus on affordable housing: Arlington's new County Board chairman Walter Tejada claims he will focus on affordable housing during his term. The average rent of $1768 and single-family home price of $695,000 are unaffordable for many. (Post)
Dispute brings down NextBus app: The NextBus DC app stopped operating December 20th, thanks to a dispute between 2 tech companies involved in operating it. Bus riders can still use Metro's own tools to view bus arrival times. (Examiner)
Talk ped safety in upcounty MoCo: After 2 pedestrians were killed crossing streets in upper Montgomery County and the county DOT refused to mark a crosswalk, ACT is organizing a forum on upcounty pedestrian safety for January 26.
2012's many bar closures: MPD police chief Cathy Lanier closed bars at a rate of more than 1 per month throughout 2012. Last month's closure of Bohemian Caverns was the first for a reason other than a shooting, stabbing, or drug trafficking. (Post)
A political 2012: A few DC politicians make an early exit, and others win their 1st elections, in DCist's rundown of 2012 in DC politics.
Free transit on big days?: Los Angeles offered free transit rides on New Year's Eve, while New York didn't. Should DC offer free rides on Inauguration Day, asks Richard Layman? (Atlantic Cities, RPUS)
Black gentrification vs. white: In one gentrifying Chicago neighborhood, the gentrifiers are black, not white. That's meant more neighborhood enthusiasm for the demographic changes, but also, the press hasn't depicted that neighborhood's changes like they have in other, racially-evolving neighborhoods. (Atlantic Cities)
And...: Prince William County will have two local newspapers. (Post) ... Temperatures measured at DCA are unrepresentative of the broader Washington region. (Post) ... Lowe's may come to DC's Dakota Crossing, near the new Costco. (WBJ)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- 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
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE