Morning links: Imagine and reinvent
See, click, fix!: It's like a wiki version of 311. Residents post "fix it" items in their communities on SeeClickFix, like potholes or broken streetlights. Others can see them an comment. And in some cities, like New Haven where it started, the local governments see the issues and get them fixed. (JTS)
Maybe KFC will fix them: KFC is offering to patch potholes in exchange for the right to affix their logo to them. (Chicago Tribune) Even if few cities take them up on the offer, KFC has gotten a lot of free press for this proposal.
Post endorses Anacostia trash-reducing bag fee: The Post editorial board strongly endorsed Councilmember Tommy Wells' bill to reduce trash by creating an incentive to use reusable bags and giving free reusable bags to needy residents. (Post)
Circulator posts routes, starts today: The DC Circulator has posted information on the new routes. They soft launch today, with an official launch Wednesday. Actually, we think they soft launched yesterday: Reader Antonio saw and rode one yesterday morning, making him, according to the driver, the second person ever to ride the Woodley-McPherson line.
Route 7 light rail next?: Gerry Connolly isn't the only Congressman jumping on the "build more transit" bandwagon. Last week, Rep. Jim Moran told the Falls Church City Council he's working to get federal funds for light rail along Route 7 from Baileys Crossroads to Tysons. Can we get the Purple Line, Columbia Pike Streetcar, and this to use compatible technology to one day form part of a complete circumferential line? (Falls Church News-Press, Joey)
Stimulus no help for transit-dependent riders: St. Louis is cutting several bus routes, stranding many transit-dependent, elderly and disabled riders. While the government is spending hundreds of billions to stimulate the economy, the money has to go to capital projects, preventing Missouri from saving jobs and helping these vulnerable residents. (Jaime)
Time to "reinvent America's cities": Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff argues that we need "a bold urban vision" that's "more than just pouring money into shovel-ready projects." (New York Times, JTS and Chris)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Bad Metro reliability is driving riders away. WMATA has a few ideas to get them back.
- 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- New York's subway has a great idea for Metro
- Tour the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers with Google Street View
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.