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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.
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- Cell service in tunnels, junking old rail cars, getting finances in order. Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan.
- What happens when people without cars move to places built for driving?
- Metro now has an official plan for getting better in 2017. It's called Back2Good.
- If racial inequities didn't exist, DC would look like this...
- WMATA recommended express bus service along 14th Street NW four years ago. Is it time to make it happen?
- The DC reps on the WMATA board might veto late-night closures