Breakfast links: Thanks for not driving
War on cars begins at college: Universities are leading the way to reduce automobile dependence by providing transit subsidies, promoting car-share and biking, and offering distance learning classes. (Streetsblog)
Car sharing's big impact on auto sales: Every car in the Zipcar or Car2Go fleet replaces 32 cars in consumer vehicle sales, according to a new report. Since 2006, nearly half a million sales were lost because of car-sharing services. (TTAC, jimble)
Mixed-use to replace urban farm: The Walker-Jones Farm at K Street and New Jersey Avenue, NW will become a mixed-use development as part of DC's redevelopment plan for Northwest One. The city will relocate the farm after community input. (DCist)
Fare hikes greatly impact disabled: WMATA's proposed fare hikes will disproportionately impact individuals with disabilities who rely on MetroAccess paratransit. Many customers think it's time to change the formula used to calculate paratransit rides. (Post)
Marijuana bill called discriminatory: Tommy Wells called the DC Council's move to decriminalize marijuana smoking in the home, but not outside, discriminatory. Individuals in public housing lose their home whether caught smoking outside or in. (Post)
Battle against development sprawl: Farmers and developers in Charles County are trying to dodge O'Malley's anti-sprawl policies. After drastically reducing land zoned for conservation, the county is rewriting its zoning and comprehensive plan. (Post)
Envision public spaces with snow: What can snow teach us about opportunities for public space? Post-snowfall pictures of Philadelphia provide ideas for curb expansion and traffic safety improvements. (This Old City, Steve G.)
Mind the strike: To protest staffing cuts, strikers have shut down several London Underground lines. The strike is causing long lines at bus stops and increased congestion for drivers. (NYT)
Big trouble in little China?: The changing demographics in our cities could be affecting Chinatowns. Is gentrification at play and will traditional Chinatowns survive? (BBC)
And...: A few DC taxis are still using Square to process payments. (WAMU) ... A $1.4 million San Francisco home has its own private funicular. (SF Gate) ... CapitolHop, a new phone application for Washington area transit, uses Twitter to track delays. (WBJ)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- What happens when people without cars move to places built for driving?
- Cell service in tunnels, junking old rail cars, getting finances in order. Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan.
- Metro now has an official plan for getting better in 2017. It's called Back2Good.
- WMATA recommended express bus service along 14th Street NW four years ago. Is it time to make it happen?
- If racial inequities didn't exist, DC would look like this...
- The DC reps on the WMATA board might veto late-night closures