Breakfast links: Pass the popcorn
Big screen trend: Movie theaters are heading back to DC. After a decade of watching theaters disappear, recent development trends indicate the big screen is coming back. (UrbanTurf)
Are traditional downtowns over?: Downtowns are re-emerging as exciting places, but the "traditional" downtown may be a thing of the past. Were baby boomers the last to experience a healthy, exciting downtown? (Switchboard)
Will Metropolitan Branch ever be finished?: The Metropolitan Branch Trail remains uncompleted 21 years after its conception. Property conflicts are still unresolved and DDOT has not begun design plans. (WAMU)
Older transit networks yield more growth: Cities with older rail networks saw greater gains in transit commuting than cities with recently expanded networks. In 2012, 37.8% of workers in DC took transit compared to 33.2% in 2000. (NextCity)
Churches everywhere dislike bike lanes: Another church pastor wants to protect his on-street parking from cyclists. Dr. Mertyl Bowen wants bike lanes moved from 6th to 9th street, claiming 9th is closer to the "bike stands" and Metro. (TheWashCycle)
Makers and takers: With an average income higher than the nation, DC is a city of makers. But stark inequalities also mean many residents must rely on Medicaid and unemployment. Will a minimum wage hike counter that inequality? (City Paper)
DC's changing demographics: DC's college-educated residents are spreading throughout the city, while foreign-born residents gather along the 16th Street corridor, according to demographic analysis using the Census' new mapping tool. (City Paper)
And...: A woman was killed by an SUV driver as she walked her dog near 7th and G Streets SW. (Post) ... Maryland plans to auction 80,000 acres of land near Ocean City to harness offshore wind power. (WAMU) ... Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road will increase to $2.50 beginning in 2014. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- Cell service in tunnels, junking old rail cars, getting finances in order. Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan.
- If racial inequities didn't exist, DC would look like this...
- Metro now has an official plan for getting better in 2017. It's called Back2Good.
- WMATA recommended express bus service along 14th Street NW four years ago. Is it time to make it happen?
- The DC reps on the WMATA board might veto late-night closures
- What happens when people without cars move to places built for driving?