Breakfast links: What can you do?
Not so accountable: The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability found that Jim Graham violated ethics rules by intervening in the lottery contract. But it says can't punish Graham for actions before the Board was created. (Post) ... The Post editorial board calls for Graham to resign.
Hot rent: Check out a heat map of rent prices for the DC area. Not surprisingly, rents seem highest in the favored quarter and near the Metro
— places people most want to live. (WeLoveDC)
Green Line report sheds little light: A report on a summer Green Line incident where riders abandoned the train doesn't have many details on why communications broke down and how to avoid a similar event in the future. (Post)
U Street isn't most-liquored: Liquor moratorium boosters say U Street has the most concentrated liquor licenses in the city, but that's just because they use a larger radius in calculations; actually, it still has fewer than Adams Morgan and Dupont. (IMBY DC)
Hip to be Bethesda?: Some Montgomery lawmakers want to make Bethesda hipper with more night life. It has good walkability, transportation, and dining options, but is currently hamstrung by rules that food sales must equal alcohol sales. (BethesdaNow)
Smart Growth locally: The history of Smart Growth in the area demonstrates that it is environmentally sound, helps revitalize cities, and allows some people to live car free and spend more money in the local economy. (Ward 3 Vision)
Where to park: Some new residents are still bringing cars with them while number of on-street parking spaces is not going up. Residential permits cost significantly less than buying market-rate parking, leaving DC's streets with many rarely-used cars. (Post)
Next Interior head likes bikes?: Sally Jewell, the new nominee for Secretary of the Interior, likes bicycling and also the oil industry. (Streetsblog) ... Since there are no oil pockets under the Mall, maybe she'd support making it more walkable and bikeable?
Transit tidbits: The company installing cell service in Metro files for bankruptcy, likely delaying the project. (Examiner) ... People who ride transit feel more connected to their communities. (Streetsblog) ... Metro says there never was a 24-car train. (City Paper)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