Breakfast links: New laws
DC Council resumes work: The Council will vote on a number of hot issues when it returns from recess this week: a stop to some tax sales, UberX and ridesharing legalization, a traffic camera moratorium, and an overturn of Mayor Gray's veto on the living wage bill. (Post)
How Downtown DC came to be: Downtown DC has evolved quickly from sparsely populated to bustling in only a few decades. Efforts to mix uses, develop parking lots, and attract retail all helped the area's transformation. (Post)
Let riders' voices be heard: Should Metrorail riders have more of a voice in how the service operates? The many forums regarding Metrobus changes provide an example. (Post)
Customer value should drive Metrorail: As an interim solution to maintenance-related delays, should Metro discount some fares? Longer-term, Metro could also focus more on how to build and retain ridership. (RPUS)
Bike lanes don't hurt retailers: Another study finds that retail sales did not decrease after the installation of bike lanes, this time along two streets in Seattle. (Atlantic Cities, HomerS)
A restart of sprawl?: Although some exurban projects planned before the recession are restarting, some signs point to smart growth still being a popular choice. (NYT, Neil)
Trees illegal in Georgia?: Georgia's legislature has banned the planting of trees within 500 feet of a billboard. The law could cause Atlanta to remove trees planted during recent streetscape improvements. (Curbed, Circle Thomas)
And...: See how DC's bike boom got started. (Post) ... DC will participate in Park(ing) Day this Friday. (Patch) ... WMATA has a new web site to promote the Silver Line and answer potential riders' questions.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Metro maps out loop line between DC and Arlington
- Ask Congress to give DC self-rule on building heights
- Alexandria board rejects King Street bike lanes
- It's fine to not build parking at Tysons Metro stations
- 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