Breakfast links: Growing out and up
More local land-use control?: Most Prince George's and Montgomery towns and cities lack control over land use, under a 1920's law intended to limit sprawl. However, a recent decision to subdivide a lot in a single-family neighborhood in Bowie is renewing cries for local control. (Gazette)
Silver sprawl?: A proposed "TOD" project in Loudoun will be roughly a mile from two future Silver Line stations. The site fronts the Dulles Greenway and Loudoun County Parkway, however. (WBJ)
Almost complete streets: Across the country, there are 525 localities with complete streets policies. While this is huge progress in just 8 years, the federal government has yet to sign on. (Streetsblog)
Raising height limit could benefit architecture: Since they cannot build up, developers in the District build out, leading to boxy, boring designs. The lack of customers willing to pay for cutting-edge architecture may be another factor. (UrbanTurf)
State transportation bills pay off: Virginia's new transportation bill is funding work to extend Amtrak to Roanoke. Meanwhile, in Maryland, Governor O'Malley appointed members to a task force investigating additional taxes for local transportation priorities. (Railroad Age, Caps Fan, Post)
DC helps the homeless more quickly: The District's rapid rehousing program temporarily subsidizes housing for homeless families. The program is trying to house more people without fostering dependence. (Post)
Rezoning is so much better in NY: 37% of the city was rezoned under Mayor Bloomberg, according to an animated retrospective of his 12 years in office. Downtown and waterfronts were redeveloped, but many poor people have left. (NYT)
Can everyone eat healthy?: Philadelphia has the highest obesity rate among large US cities and is distributing fresh fruit to corner stores and providing rebates at farmers markets to help fight it. (Governing)
And...: A 1792 map shows the L'Enfant city before L'Enfant (lacafferata on Flickr, Jared Christian) ... The Hyperloop is just one in a long line of utopian transit systems. (Jalopnik, Circle Thomas) ... Kastles Stadium leaves the Southwest Waterfront in preparation for The Wharf redevelopment. (SWtLQtC)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- More roads won't solve traffic on I-95 in Northern Virginia
- Metro maps out loop line between DC and Arlington
- The reason cyclists love green bike lanes
- How does DC's proposed Metro loop compare?
- Can motorcycles fit in an urban context?
- Alexandria board rejects King Street bike lanes
- Ask Congress to give DC self-rule on building heights