Breakfast links: Skyscrapers for DC?
DC weighs in on height: DC released its own proposal to amend the Height Act. It proposes allowing up to 20% more height in the L'Enfant City, and restricting the federal height limit (but not other zoning restrictions) to just that area. (City Paper)
Support for BRT in MoCo: A coalition of 32 different organizations spoke out in favor of bringing Bus Rapid Transit across 80 miles of Montgomery County in the County Council's first public meeting on the topic. (WAMU)
First Right to Purchase underfunded?: The DC Fiscal Policy Institute found that DC's unique First Right to Purchase program is pretty effective at preserving affordable housing, but funding for the program is declining. (City Paper)
What should DC do if feds shut down?: If the federal government shuts down, DC is supposed to follow suit. But Phil Mendelson is considering a bill to declare all city workers essential in case of a shutdown. (WBJ)
Hill East development approved: The District finally approved a development proposal for Hill East. The metro-adjacent, Anacostia riverfront parcel surprisingly drew only one development proposal. (City Paper)
DC carpool community built on trust: A robust informal carpooling community exists in DC, mostly ferrying commuters between downtown and Virginia suburbs. But is it safe? (Atlantic Cities)
Slow start in San Fran: Early data suggests a slow start for the new Bay Area Bike Share service, at least compared to DC's launch. Is the small service area holding the system back? (Streetsblog)
Transit not most important to TOD?: Government intervention on issues like zoning, marketing, and encouraging support for transit-oriented development might be more important than the quality of transit in spurring economic development around TOD. (Atlantic Cities)Have 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
- Alexandria board rejects King Street bike lanes
- Ask Congress to give DC self-rule on building heights
- DC sports spaces give short shrift to girls
- Sexist Metro ad asks "Can't we just talk about shoes?"
- Arlington considers using fees to reduce parking