Breakfast links: Running into walls
Anti-soccer or just generally anti-people?: The National Park Service fenced off grassy portions of Rock Creek Park which nearby residents have used for decades to play pick-up soccer. The Park Service has also refused to heed residents' pleas for usable recreation space in Meridian Hill. (City Paper)
Carnage in Prince George's: Over the weekend, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee struck and killed a 7-year-old boy and a 19-year-old friend on Central Avenue near Prince George's Community College. The driver apparently had a suspended license after three citations in the past seven months. Meanwhile, the driver of another SUV injured an off-duty police officer in Oxon Hill. (Post, Cavan, S.P.)
Groups want smaller, greener White Flint: Citizens' associations around White Flint have banded together to push back on the White Flint master plan. According to the article, they want a smaller area of development (probably not a good idea), more trees and permeable surfaces (likely a good idea), and more. (Gazette)
Potomac Yard Metro Alternative Analysis: Alexandria's Potomac Yard working group compares costs and benefits of various locations for an infill Metro station. (The Arlandrian)
Can BRT be great?: Streetsblog's Aaron Naparstek explains Bogota's TransMilenio bus system, the best BRT system on the planet. (GOOD, Dr. Syrup)
That's not treading lightly: FOX 5 touts the "environmentally friendly" impacts of the Intercounty Connector, but fails to note the larger environmental and health problem of induced driving and sprawl (or any mention of the deleted ICC bike trail). (Stephen Miller)
CirculatorTube: The Circulator and Downtown BID created some YouTube videos to promote businesses you can reach on the Circulator. (Matt)
I have an evil twin: One obnoxious anti-bicycle columnist linked to another obnoxious anti-bike screed by a Boston musician named Dave Alpert, who tags all Boston bicyclists as "self-righteous assholes" because of the transgressions of a few, while claiming cyclists' advocacy for their own safety is just "moral indignation." Then he busts out some self-absorption of his own by criticizing Whole Foods for not giving him free plastic bags, forcing him to (gasp!) buy some garbage bags. Ironically, davealpert.com and davidalpert.com are both sites for different musicians, not related to me, named David Alpert.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- What would you call Loudoun's Metro stations?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles