Breakfast links: Keep it
Save or spend?: DC is expecting a $400 million budget surplus this year. Should they save it in anticipation of Federal government cutbacks or spend it? (Examiner)
Condo bike storage: Can a condo in DC ban bikes from a parking garage and then charge for storage? The City Paper thinks so, but WashCycle thinks the condo might be running afoul of zoning.
Trump won't get tax break: DC officials won't give Donald Trump a tax break for the Old Post Office. They say since Trump got the property in competitive bidding, he shouldn't get special treatment now. (Post)
Cars in DC: Cars take up too much space in DC, particularly since the city wasn't really designed for them. Public transit is much more efficient in terms of space. (RPUS)
Virginia schools in flux: With Virginia growing so fast, school boundaries keep changing, which affect kids and even the value of parents' houses. (Post)
Ride in your car and on a train: One inventor has come up with a commuter train that ferries cars into cities. Does it have any merit or does it just combine the inconvenience of a mass transit schedule with the person density of cars? (Atlantic Cities, Michael P.)
And...: Howard Town Center will have will have 445 apartments and a grocery store. (Borderstan) ... Even Ken Cuccinelli thinks breaking up electoral votes by congressional district is a bad idea. (Slate) ... Maryland's Dream Act has a loophole. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Consumers say they like trains. Why don't economists care?
- The Washington region is the world's 77th largest urban area
- Smarter growth will expand Prince George's tax base
- Topic of the week: Suburban retrofits in our region
- Montgomery backtracks on a sprawl-inducing highway
- The Silver Line might change how you bus to Wolf Trap
- A trade pact might change local land use decisions in a big way