Breakfast links: Reconnect the grid
Covering I-395 will reconnect the grid: Capital Crossing, a development that will cover the I-395 tunnel, begins construction in March. When completed, it will reconnect F and G Streets and create three new city blocks. (NBC4)
Snow cripples southern cities: A winter storm that swept through the South has created an ongoing transportation nightmare, especially in Atlanta. Is the weather to blame, or is it because Atlanta has failed to plan regionally? (Post, Slate)
Job training for DC's hardest-hit: DC's unemployment rate dropped citywide, but many residents in Wards 5, 7, and 8 still have high levels of joblessness. Will new job training programs reach these residents? (DCist)
WMATA botches new signs: WMATA is updating Metro signs to show the Silver Line, but installed incorrect signs at Metro Center showing the Blue Line serving 5 Orange Line stations beyond Rosslyn. Officials will soon correct the signs. (Post)
Fairfaxers caught texting while driving: In the first 6 months of Virginia's ban on texting while driving, the clear offender is Fairfax County, which had 178 of 725 total state convictions. (WTOP)
Provocative posters: Anti-gentrification posters appeared in Columbia Heights with a web address that redirects viewers to DC's inclusionary zoning policy. (PoPville)
Too cold to bike?: Capital Bikeshare trips dipped on the coldest days in January, but many still rode bikeshare during frigid weather. CaBi logged 2,339 rides on January 7 when the low was 6 degrees. (Post)
And...: One section of the Beltway may be more crash-prone than then rest. (WTOP) ... Montgomery County planners hope to allow more development in an area south of Glenmont Metro. (Gazette) ... Supporters of DC rights are disappointed President Obama didn't mention the disenfranchised District in his State of the Union. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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