Breakfast links: New ways to live and move
Uber takes a taxi: Uber introduced a new service to hail you a DC cab. It costs the standard taxi fare plus a 20% tip. (DCist)
Babe's gets the nod: DC's Zoning Commission last night unanimously approved "The Bond at Tenley," the often-controversial parking-free apartment building proposal on the former Babe's site in Tenleytown. (@Ward3Vision)
Bike to Obama: The best way to get to the inauguration may be on a bike. Some bike sharing stations were removed for the parade, but there will be temporary corrals near the Mall and temporary bike racks near 16th and K. (Post)
A national VMT tax?: Should we replace the federal gas tax with a VMT tax? A GAO report says it would reduce congestion and raise revenues, but implementation costs are high and it might discourage fuel-efficient cars. (Streetsblog)
Call them the Washington Deforesters: Every tree on the site of the Red/Pig/'Skins future training camp in Richmond was cut down despite an agreement to preserve as many trees as possible and plant a new tree for each one lost. It's not Dan Snyder's first escapade with deforestation. (WTVR, DCist)
Will school closings save money?: DC's plan to close 20 schools may barely save DC any money over the next school year, according to a report by DC Fiscal Policy Institute. The $10.4 million savings in staff costs will be nearly equaled by the estimated $10.2 million cost of closures and relocation. (Post)
An affordable little neighborhood: An affordable housing "pocket neighborhood" in Little Rock clusters 9 small single-family homes around a shared green space in a 1 acre infill development near downtown. Could this translate to the DC area? (Switchboard)
"Embarrassing" anti-dooring law?: Some people seem not to read past the title of Virginia's proposed anti-dooring bill, like one Norfolk columnist who calls it an "embarrassing" proposal which "epitomizes all that's wrong with Richmond" without mentioning the actual serious problems dooring poses. (Post)
And...: Justice Sotomayor chose U Street because it's "scruffy" like NYC's East Village. (DCist) ... Massachusetts considers taxing parking lots to fund transit. (Streetsblog) ... How about a Union Market-style "food destination" on Half Street in Near SE? (JDLand)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