Weekend links: While there's time
MD Senate funds transportation: The transportation funding bill passed the Maryland Senate and now goes to Governor O'Malley for certain signature. The Purple Line and various road expansions will get needed state funding. (Post)
Let ANCs talk more?: Mary Cheh wants to give ANCs an official chance to weigh in on large buildings. Her idea wouldn't give them a veto, but would force city officials to respond to their concerns. (City Paper)
A stop for super stops: Arlington is putting future "super stops" on hold to reassess the design and cost. The budget had $900,000 per stop, but residents said they didn't even protect enough against rain. (ARLnow)
Keep Arlington in the loop as you bike: BikeArlington has a handy map of the "Arlington Loop," the four trails (Mt. Vernon, Four Mile Run, W&OD, and "Aimee" Custis) that circle central Arlington. This makes understanding the bike network much easier.
Anacostia Playhouse gets green light: Phil Mendelson came up with a way around the Anacostia Playhouse's zoning problems: get a permit for the work without formally making it a theater, then switch the use once the BZA approves. They got the permit today, and Mayor Gray even signed it personally. (City Paper)
People want a safer Bethesda: After a driver hit a mom pushing a baby stroller and several other close calls in Bethesda, residents are calling for action on pedestrian safety, but little is forthcoming, and Bethesda Elementary has not yet gotten Safe Routes to School attention. (Gazette, Wendy Leibowitz)
Fences get cut on MBT: MPD tells Met Branch Trail users not to bike alone after "crimnals" repeatedly cut the fence to the CSX tracks. But are they cutting the fence to commit crimes or to cross to the Metro station? (ToTville, TheWashCycle)
Who got tickets?: Who got the city's free tickets for NCAA Sweet 16 games? (NBC4) ... Who got over 60 speeding tickets in Montgomery or Prince George's? (NBC4)
And...: Landlord discrimination against people with section 8 vouchers has declined. (City Paper) ... MARC tickets and the website will look different. (Examiner) ... The most beautiful room in DC? The Library of Congress reading room, say BeyondDC readers.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- 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
- 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
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- DDOT director Brown stands up to opposition to mini-circles