Breakfast links: Plans for the future
Photo by lunaed on Flickr.
Narrow here, wide there:
In the latest round of updates to regional transportation plans, DC wants to narrow some roads
like East and South Capitol Streets, while Virginia plans to widen many roads, particularly near Tysons. (Examiner)
Cycle track's death greatly exaggerated:
DC also removes the 9th Street cycle track
from the regional plan, which governs how federal funds are spent, but it's not dead
. In fact, it could now be easier to build without burdensome federal rules. (WashCycle, BeyondDC)
Some proposals in Mayor Gray's Sustainable DC plan, like pay-as-you-throw or a bottle deposit, are listed as "long term", which basically means it's too politically difficult to achieve
right now. (Post)
DASH gets bike racks:
Alexandria's DASH Bus has installed bike racks on its entire fleet
of buses. A Virginia Department of Transportation grant covered the cost of retrofitting 53 buses in DASH's fleet that were purchased before 2011. (AlexandriaNews)
Sequester in the park:
Sequestration would mean some big cuts at local national parks
like the Mall and Rock Creek (which include smaller DC parks like Dupont Circle, Meridian Hill, Franklin Square, and many more. (DCist)
No longer in the zone?:
Zoning started as a way to separate housing and industrial uses, but with more uses mixing and many exceptions to zoning regulations, has the word now become anachronistic
to how we actually plan cities? (Post)
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