The Washington, DC region is great >> and it can be greater.


Breakfast links: Two wheels good, beautiful stations and rising costs bad

Segway PUMA driving in New York.
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?

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David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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@David -- do the "greater greater parents" walk everywhere and carshare where necessary? Or are they just great, but could be greater?

by ah on Apr 8, 2009 2:43 pm • linkreport

Can we get rid of this commenting on specific links system? Or at least modify it? It's all messed up and confusing, and adds very little to the link threads.


by Froggie on Apr 8, 2009 4:46 pm • linkreport

Chag Sameach!

by RA Twain on Apr 9, 2009 2:39 am • linkreport

Why can't we just let the building sit for as long as it needs to until it is needed again? Imagine razing the Colosseum in Rome because "gladiator fights aren't popular anymore." Obviously, this is not a 1:1 comparison but that is not my intention.

The siting and location of the terminal was placed quite carefully. It sits off a main visual and connective axis from the center (in a time when when axes had meaning). It anticipated the city would expand in density around it and this building would help become part of its monumental core.

Recognizing and nurturing the vision that the architects and planners had for this building is the only way we can truly learn to become city-folk again.

by DCist on May 2, 2009 1:33 pm • linkreport

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