Breakfast links: Saving the city
Photo by Shawn on Flicker.
UMD researchers suggest that people with strong ties to a neighborhood are more likely to intervene on another's behalf
as a "responsible third party punisher", which may mean less self-policing in transient cities like DC. (Atlantic Cities)
Best design of the year?:
Is Montgomery County's North Bethesda Market II the best building design
in the DC area for 2013? The 300 foot tall building, which is ambitious architecturally, will be mixed-use and have 347 residential units. (UrbanTurf)
Shaw and Anacostia sites ready for development:
DC is looking for a "catalytic project" for a site in Historic Anacostia
to help revitalization efforts. The District also wants to encourage mixed-used development for a parcel in the heart of the Shaw corridor. (WBJ)
Pay-to-play meter deal:
A deal over DC's parking meter management is rife with questions over "pay-to-play"
on the DC Council. Entities related to one of the bidding companies donated $50,000 to mayoral campaigns of 3 council members. (Post)
Urbanism from scratch:
Hamburg, Germany is trying to change the way neighborhoods are built with a $14 billion project called HafenCity
, a new mixed-use neighborhood that is being built almost from scratch near the city's center. (NextCity)
1 car = 10 bikes:
There is an emerging trend to create bike racks in the shape of a car
. One design gracing the streets of Buenos Aires includes labeling that reads "1 car = 10 bikes." Similar designs have been seen in Sweden and Seattle. (Atlantic Cities)
Utah's transit gem:
Salt Lake City could be a model for building transit on budget and in a timely fashion
. 3 factors that led to Salt Lake City's transit success are bundling projects into one, being proactive, and using performance contracting. (Streetsblog)
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