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.
- Bad Metro reliability is driving riders away. WMATA has a few ideas to get them back.
- 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- New York's subway has a great idea for Metro
- Tour the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers with Google Street View
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.