Breakfast links: Get around in Virginia
Businesses want streetcar: Arlington businesses of all sizes are enthusiastic about the streetcar, and want it as soon as possible. (Crystal City BID)
Road diet a success: 2 years after giving Lawyers Road a road diet, crashes and speeding is down while maintaining travel times. 74% of residents in a survey say the road is better than before. (FABB)
Bike lanes... for whom?: Many cyclists in Arlington aren't riding for recreation and aren't wealthy hipsters, but because they can't drive; it's too expensive or they can't get a driver's license. (Arlington Mercury)
DASH will cost more, do less: Alexandria's DASH is raising fares. The King Street trolley will also come every 20 minutes instead of every 15, along with a few other service cuts, while a few lines will see greater service. (Patch)
Weaver may run: Bryan Weaver is laying the groundwork to run for the Ward 1 DC Council seat currently held by Jim Graham. Brianne Nadeau is already running, and with Weaver in the race there is a greater chance both will split anti-Graham votes. (Post)
DC government runs on hot air: All DC government buildings are now wind-powered. The switch saves the equivalent of 32.8 million gallons of gasoline, enough to power 61,000 cars in a year. (Borderstan)
Traffic causes asthma: For the first time, scientists have found that traffic pollution causes asthma in children. Before, scientists knew pollution could trigger episodes in children who already had asthma, but weren't sure if it was a cause. (LA Times)
And...: Some cool stuff people are doing with open data. (Atlantic Cities) ... As Arlington has grown enormously in 15 years, traffic hasn't gotten worse. (WAMU) ... The Washington housing market is not in another bubble. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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