Breakfast links: Two wheels good, beautiful stations and rising costs bad
The Segway car: GM and Segway are collaborating on a two-wheeled vehicle, similar to the Segway but enclosed, holds two people, and riders sit rather than stand. (Patrick, Jaime) Is this useful? Ryan Avent wonders if, like the Segway itself, it's a solution in search of a problem (there's already a perfectly good, cheaper two-wheeled vehicle that's good for commuting), but that perhaps this would be ideal for commuting between a suburban home and the nearest train station.
Detroit razing old station: Detroit's City Council voted to raze their beautiful old train station, the Michigan Central Depot. In most cities, this would be a preserved treasure. There, it's not the owner who wants to tear it down, but city leaders. (BeyondDC)
Complete the street: An interactive graphic shows how one New York City street could transform into a complete street, working better for pedestrians, bicycles and buses as well as cars with just a few changes. (GOOD, Jaime)
Metroaccess prices spiral: MetroAccess, the paratransit service for disabled riders, will run out of money this year if the Metro Board doesn't approve an additional $6.5M in funding. Ridership is growing and Metro's peer review team has recommended that service be limited to those living near a Metrorail station or Metrobus line. (Michael P)
They can't rent a self-storage locker or something?: Erik Wemple wonders why DC has to pay $860,000 to store their streetcars. (City Paper, JTS) My understanding is that we're not only storing them, but having them maintained and regularly "exercised" to keep them from deteriorating.
PG united against United: The Prince George's Council officially opposed selling bonds for a United stadium. United officials say they'll look elsewhere. (Gazette) Next, PW United? Or will they come back to DC with a proposal the Council will accept?Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
I'm with Greater Greater Parents for Passover today, so posting will be light.
- When temporary becomes permanent: Why reopening the SE Freeway is risky
- 88% of new DC households are car-free
- Gehry trims Eisenhower Memorial tapestries
- WMATA truck parks on the sidewalk, crashes into a light pole
- Carol Schwartz bids to become the education mayor
- A traffic engineer and a planner both study a closed freeway segment. Their conclusions are wildly different.
- Four beautiful designs for an 11th Street Bridge park
Mon Sep 15
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Fri Sep 19
(All day) PARK(ing) day
8:30 am Penn Ave's role in 21st Century
Sat Sep 20
Sun Sep 21
9:00 am Casey Trees Treeathlon ($)