Breakfast links: Cool enough for Olympics?
DC for 2024 Olympics?: Nonprofit group DC 2024 forms to explore the possibility of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to the District. Would hosting the Olympics be worth the estimated $4 to $6 billion cost? Or London's $14 billion price tag? (Post)
Touting benefits of hosting Olympics: Some say "no thanks" to DC Olympic bid but DC council members claim Olympics could improve public transit, bring more housing, and possibly help with DC statehood bid. (City Paper)
DC unveils "cool" new marketing campaign: Using DC's ranking in Forbes as the second coolest city as a basis, Destination DC launched the "DC Cool" marketing campaign to attract more tourism to the city. The campaign will highlight DC's neighborhoods and nightlife. (Forbes, WBJ)
DC area still ranks high for meetings: DC drops to No. 7 in ranking for top US meeting destinations after being No. 2 last year. National Harbor, Arlington, and Alexandria all break the top 50. (MarketWatch, ArlNow)
Residents still unhappy with 5333 Connecticut: Despite concessions from both ANC and Cafritz in their memorandum of understanding, a Chevy Chase resident group believes MOU does not address their most important concerns. (City Paper)
Suspicions confirmed?: For the sixth year, a report says DC drivers have the most frequent insurance claims in the US. Baltimore, Alexandria, and Arlington also scored poorly but is the methodology misleading? (WAMU)
Laurel mixed-use to promote art: Laurel officials believe a new mixed-used development will attract economic growth to the city's Arts and Entertainment District. The development will be built at the site of the old Laurel Police Department building. (Gazette)
Easy way to protect cyclists?: Being "doored" is one of the most common and preventable hazards for cyclists. Would additional driver education about cyclists and increased dooring fines improve safety conditions? (Atlantic Cities)
Something smells: Concerned residents and activists are trying to stop Alexandria from dumping more untreated human waste into the Potomac River. Meanwhile, more than 10,000 gallons of raw sewage flows into Hyattsville creek. (WAMU, WTOP)
And…: Will the DC's lawsuit against a gas station owner lower gas prices in the District? (Post) … Mayor Gray announces the hiring of 9 new paramedics and 30 ambulances for more reliable emergency care. (WAMU) ... Rockville is looking for volunteers to count bicyclists and pedestriansHave a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Metro maps out loop line between DC and Arlington
- It's fine to not build parking at Tysons Metro stations
- Ask Congress to give DC self-rule on building heights
- Alexandria board rejects King Street bike lanes
- DC sports spaces give short shrift to girls
- Sexist Metro ad asks "Can't we just talk about shoes?"
- Downtown & Georgia Avenue Walmarts open for business