Breakfast links: Stand still or move forward?
Keep it short: NCPC voted to strip the height limit recommendations back to the original proposal of just tweaking rules for mechanical penthouses. Earlier, all DC Councilmembers except Marion Barry cosponsored a resolution to keep the height limit, essentially asking Congress to deny more local control. (City Paper)
Pay-by-phone arrives in Alexandria: The City of Alexandria joins DC and Montgomery County by launching a new pay-by-phone smartphone app, allowing residents and visitors to pay for parking via their personal smartphone device. (WBJ)
Huge gains in DC biking: Cycling is growing fast in DC, with the number of bike commuters up 445% since 1990. DC's rapid bike-culture growth is 3rd in the nation, only behind Chicago and Detroit. (Streetsblog)
Vote on a living wage?: A coalition of local clergy, union leadership, and other activists are pushing to get the minimum wage hike on the ballot for November 2014. The group must collect 23,000 signatures to accomplish this goal. (Washington Times)
A better bike map?: A biking and mapping enthusiast in San Francisco created a set of maps to help cyclists get around San Francisco. The maps look a lot like a map of transit infrastructure, intentionally. (Atlantic Cities)
A new Shaw: The Shaw neighborhood has seen big changes around the O Street Market since a high-profile shooting in 1994. Crime is down and rents are up, but what of the old neighborhood will remain? (Post)
Deeds stabbed, son shot: The son of former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds stabbed his father and killed himself, news reports are saying. Gus Deeds had been hospitalized Monday, but "released because because no psychiatric bed could be located across a wide area of western Virginia." (NBC4, Richmond Times-Dispatch)
And...: Despite not meeting GSA requirements, Louduon County still wants the FBI. (WBJ) ... DC is issuing warning tickets to educate people to not park in the H Street streetcar lanes. (Hill Rag) ... How much will the Silver Line help with traffic? (PlanItMetro)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)