Breakfast links: It's not really a big college town
Howard Town Center lawsuit tossed: A federal judge has squashed the $100 million suit brought against Howard University by a former development partner. Will the long-planned town center project finally move ahead? (WBJ)
Gallaudet growth: The western edge of the Gallaudet campus (across from Union Market) is planned for mixed-use development that would help connect the school and the neighborhood. The university is close to picking a development partner. (Post)
More residential to Capitol Riverfront: The site directly atop the Navy Yard Metro, originally planned for office, will instead be developed as a 13-story apartment building. Meanwhile, a site to the northwest that was still on Lehman Brothers' books has been sold to JBG, who are also expected to build apartments. (WBJ)
Needed: a lot more housing: Job growth projections suggest the region will need almost 550,000 new housing units over the next 20 years. Aaron Weiner explores the daunting task of creating that much supply, especially in DC. (City Paper)
Bus ridership beats rail in most cities: The dominance of rail over bus among Washington commuting is an anomaly on the national level. In every other city except New York and Boston, buses service the lion's share of transit users. (Next City)
Can our shoulders carry buses?: Planners are studying two highway corridors to evaluate the feasibility of turning shoulders into bus lanes. The first finding: there's little to no documentation of the current condition of the shoulders. (WAMU)
Pedestrian tunnel gets a hearing: A proposed tunnel under Rockville Pike would improve both pedestrian safety and traffic flow near the Medical Center Metro. The Montgomery Planning Board will take it up at their next meeting. (BethesdaNow)
And...: Are very small apartments bad for your health? (Atlantic Cities) ... MARTA is installing high-tech urine sensors in the Atlanta transit system's elevators. (WSBTV) ... In an unfortunate trend reversal, DC's homicide rate is up this year. (WAMU) ... Worker advocates lost the Walmart wage battle, but won the war. (City Paper)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...
- WMATA recommended express bus service along 14th Street NW four years ago. Is it time to make it happen?
- Metro now has an official plan for getting better in 2017. It's called Back2Good.
- The DC reps on the WMATA board might veto late-night closures
- More on why buying your first home in the DC region is so hard