Breakfast links: Underregulation? Overregulation?
Pop up and up and up: The pop-up row house at 11th and V, NW got even taller; it's now over twice as tall as, but no wider than, the adjacent 2-story rowhouses. Should laws prevent this? (PoPville)
Why the food truck rules?: The food truck association says most trucks won't be able to serve downtown under new regulations, which allow only 3 at a time in key areas. Is this regulation necessary at all? (City Paper, Slate)
No renting your house short term: Crestwood residents aren't happy with a house that rents out to visitors through vacation rental websites. The law agrees; short-term rentals require a property to be licensed as a hotel. (DCist)
Mobile Metro gets better: WMATA updated their mobile site (view it on a non-mobile system here). Dr. Gridlock reviews its features, which include service alerts. (Post)
Three more years (of Sarles): Richard Sarles will stay through at least 2016 as the WMATA board has extended his contract. (Post)
Transportation money and lockbox: A Maryland Senate committee approved the transportation funding bill and a "lockbox" that prohibits using transportation money for other purposes. (CBS) ... Ben Ross argued against the lockbox idea in 2011.
Alexandria wants to double CaBi: Alexandrians are happy with their 8 Capital Bikeshare stations, and city officials want to double that by this fall and spread to new neighborhoods. But one reader frets that the city is cutting libraries while also expanding CaBi. (Alexandria Times, jimble)
No to Pike lanes: Residents are fighting a Maryland SHA plan to widen Rockville Pike near Walter Reed; projections show that the change would only save 7.6 seconds per vehicle. (Bethesda Now, Ben Ross)
And..: Is DMPED focusing more on attracting businesses and less on real estate? (City Paper) ... JetBlue wants US Airways and American to give up slots at DCA in their merger. (WBJ) ... Besides #pedestriansafetytips, can we make streets safe to walk? (Express)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Out: "cycletrack." In: "protected bikeway."
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