Breakfast links: Where's the money?
Photo 'money pile' by hmcharg on Flickr.
Silver Line Audit:
The USDOT has serious questions
about how federal funds for the Silver Line have been managed. A report cites improper use of funds (including lobbying payments to retired MWAA board members) and lack of support for expenses. (Post)
$1.1 trillion winners and losers:
The omnibus spending bill that passed Congress
has no funds for high speed rail and cuts to several HUD rent supplement programs. On the plus side, Amtrak will get a major cash infusion. (NextCity)
Riverfront retail bubble?:
The rapid expansion of retail space around the ballpark may be too much of a good thing
. What should happen at the street level of new buildings when a neighborhood can't handle more restaurants and grocery stores? (City Paper)
Penn Daw gets green light:
As a condition of approvals for redevelopment of the Penn Daw shopping center
in Huntington, the developer must use their "best efforts" to land a grocery store tenant. Any car-focused uses, like drive-through pharmacy or bank, or a gas station, would mean starting the process all over again. (WBJ)
Our invisible aging infrastructure:
A research team drove every street in DC and discovered nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks
and 12 manholes with potentially explosive concentration. The culprit? Aging cast-iron pipes from the turn of the last century. (Post)
Parking wars, teacher safety edition:
Residents of Manor Park put orange cones on a street near Capital City Public Charter School to stop teachers from parking there. They parked farther away
, and two were mugged. (NBC4)
Picking up your pothole tab:
Recent temperature swings have created even more potholes in area roads, and a big one can do a number on your ride. Did you know that you can file a claim
with your local government to cover the damage? (WJLA)
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