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.
- Montgomery County will build bus rapid transit in four years
- Orange, Silver, and Blue riders: Pain is coming in just a month. DOTs: Get moving on bus and HOV lanes now.
- DC's homeless shelter plan just got a makeover
- Building of the Week: Smithsonian American Art Museum and Kogod Courtyard
- DC has way more vacant properties than it thinks
- FiveThirtyEight said Metro catches fire 4 times per week. Fortunately, that's wrong.
- Join us in Edgewood for happy hour