Breakfast links: Full spaces, empty spaces
That's a few bikes: When more cyclists wanted to hang their bikes on streetcars, Stuttgart, Germany devised this creative solution. (Transit Miami, Jaime)
Another $2 mil for the empty garage: Not only did DC USA's mostly-unused parking garage cost $42 million in public money to build, but the 2010 budget includes $2.1 million more in operating subsidy. Are Harry Thomas and Michael Brown sure they want to wade into more municipal parking? (City Paper, Mike, Jaime)
To raze or not to raze?: Last week's Washingtonian wades into the preservation debate over Third Church. (Jaime) Ryan Avent and Tom Lee weigh in on DCist. Avent points out that the real issue is the value of land, both monetarily and in its contribution to a vibrant city. "Were it a mobile piece of statuary, there would never be any issue as to whether to save it or destroy it, even if most people who laid eyes on it thought it bland or hideous." But we can't put it in a museum, so do we devote that corner in perpetuity to this controversial work of art that's also a building?
Living in a city is better for the environment (but not so much in DC): A new report finds that overall, the greenhouse gas emissions of large cities are far below those of rural areas. However, DC has the worst carbon footprint of all major cities, according to the article because there's so much office space compared to few residents. (Could our power coming from coal plants have an impact too)? Despite all this, DC residents still emit less per capita than the average American. (New Scientist, Jaime)
Maryland's streets are especially dangerous: Baltimore Spokes points us to some statistics from the Maryland SHA Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Pedestrian fatalities comprise about 20 percent of all traffic deaths in Maryland, while the national average is 13%. In addition, pedestrians 15 years of age or younger are particularly vulnerable to being injured
— over 30 percent of injured pedestrians are in this age group. What is SHA doing in response? (Stephen Miller)
Dean hates Metro delays, platform dawdlers: Howard Dean got stuck on the Metro recently and missed his appointment. He also hates it when people "saunter along the Metro platform while the doors are about to close." I'm with ya, Howard! (Politico)
We're lookin' at you, SEPTA: Jealous Philadelphians are looking at the juicy schedule data Metro posted and wondering, why won't SEPTA post theirs? (Avencia) ... As one of the first of many applications and visualizations to come from WMATA's recently-released schedule data, Tom Lee created a graphical plot of all Metrobus stop locations. (DCist)
PG to United: build your own soccer stadium: The Prince George's County Council has voted to oppose public borrowing for 75% of the cost of a new DC United stadium. The actual decision, however, is up to state lawmakers in Annapolis. (Gazette)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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