Breakfast links: Stop in the road
Road project on hold: New Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe halted the $1.4 billion Route 460 bypass between Petersburg and Suffolk, which many called Bob McDonnell's most wasteful road project. The new administration will evaluate the project before spending any more money. (The Tysons Corner)
Will McAuliffe stop the Bi-County?: McAuliffe will also decide whether to keep pursuing the Bi-County Parkway or cancel the controversial road. Bob McDonnell finished a key agreement before leaving office. (WAMU)
Gray in the lead: Mayor Gray attracts 24% of primary voters for mayor, compared to 11-12% for Bowser, Evans, and Wells, according to a Post poll. But Gray is only slightly ahead of David Catania in a hypothetical general election match-up. Voters generally think Gray is managing the city well but still have concerns about ethics.
More bike racks downtown: More bike racks are coming to a block near your office in downtown DC. The Downtown Business Improvement District is working with DDOT to double the number of bike racks over 3 years. (DCist)
Federal budget falls short for St. Elizabeths: The 2014 Omnibus Appropriation bill falls short of what GSA and DHS say they need to redevelop St. Elizabeths. (WBJ)
Walk under Wisconsin Ave: The Montgomery County Planning Board gave a thumbs up to a pedestrian tunnel linking Walter Reed Medical Center to NIH under Wisconsin Ave., directly linking both sites to the Medical Center Metro. (Patch)
The rent is less damn high: Surprisingly, DC rents have finally dropped, at least for Class B apartments. That's because the inventory of brand new buildings is meeting, or surpassing, demand. (Urban Turf)
Traffic kills 1 million a year: A new report finds that there are more than 1 million traffic-related deaths each year, and traffic fatalities disproportionately affect poor countries worldwide. (Post)
Rockville #MasterPlan: The City of Rockville aims to involve residents updating their Master Plan through an interactive website and social networking. (Gazette)
Bye Geoff and Jaime!: GGW editors Geoff Hatchard and Jaime Fearer are moving to California (Geoff got a job working on maps for Apple)! The City Paper interviews them about what they like most and least about Washington. (City Paper)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?
- VRE's map keeps getting more diagrammatic
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