Breakfast links: Shelter and growth
Arlington activists push for affordable housing: Activists in Arlington are pushing for 1,500 units of affordable housing to be built on county land, but will Arlington make it enough of a priority? (Post)
More funding for homeless in MoCo: The Montgomery County Council has set aside new funds to address homelessness. The funding will provide 15 extremely vulnerable homeless individuals with housing and services. (Patch)
Stomp down on pop-ups: Neighbors around Lanier Heights have posted signs in protest of a new pop-up in their neighborhood. The signs indicate a concern about condo-izing the area, and reducing its character and value. (PoPville)
Minimum wage hike gets OK: The DC Council has unanimously sent a bill to increase the minimum wage to the mayor. The mayor is expected to sign the bill. (WTOP)
History has its costs: The historic designation of Spingarn High School is more than doubling the costs of the DC streetcar car barn. The car barn will house a maintenance and repair center for the streetcars once the line is operational. (WAMU)
More traffic forever: Driving is on the decline, but transportation agencies are still predicting increases in traffic to justify new lanes and highways. (Streetsblog)
Suburban transit commuters are rich: A new report finds that suburban transit commuters earn more, on average, than car commuters. This pattern is the opposite in the metro core. (City Paper)
Metro for non-commutes: 17% of trips on Metro don't relate to commuting to or from work. Gallery Place-Chinatown leads in the number of non-work trips. (PlanItMetro)
More than gondolas: While plans for a gondola grabbed the most attention, the Georgetown BID's 2028 plan includes many other improvements such as bike racks, temporary sidewalk widening, and bringing the streetcar to the area. (WBJ)
Northeast is the wealthiest region: New Census data show that wealth and poverty are clustered geographically, with half of the wealthiest counties in the Northeast Corridor. Most of the poorest counties are in the South. (Atlantic Cities)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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