Breakfast links: Snowmagaindon
Another winter storm is here: DC and surrounding counties have declared a snow emergency, and local and federal governments are closed. Metrobus service has been cancelled, while Amtrak is following a snow schedule. There is no parking along emergency routes. (WTOP, DCist)
Just don't call it "Silicon _____": The Gray administration has designated 7th Street and Georgia Avenue NW a "tech corridor." Will the move undermine other initiatives? More details will be revealed at an event on Wednesday. (City Paper, WBJ)
But the Post won't be a part: Jeff Bezos is hiring programmers and designers for the Washington Post, but he won't be hiring and training people in the Washington area; instead, the jobs will be in New York. (Capital New York, Ken Archer)
Re-timing DC's traffic lights: Over 200 signals in Wards 6, 7, and 8 are being adjusted to improve the experience of both pedestrians and drivers. The project will address other parts of the city through 2016. (DCist)
How can we get to "Vision Zero"?: How should agencies reorganize to implement Vision Zero? After years of incremental progress on safety, WABA will call to effectively protect vulnerable road users at an oversight hearing.
The many causes of crime: A recent study expects violent crime to rise due to higher temperatures from climate change. Meanwhile, eliminating parking can reduce some other crimes. (Atlantic Cities)
De Blasio pushes for affordable housing: The New York City mayor is demanding that a large redevelopment project include 9% more affordable housing units. But how much is too much? Even advocates are wary lest the project is delayed. (Next City)
Fewer urban highways?: Urban freeways can do great damage to the cities they're in, but which ones should we focus on getting rid of? The Congress of New Urbanism identifies 10 candidates. (NPR)
And...: Can a recently completed rail tunnel in Pittsburgh serve as a template for Virginia Ave in DC? (Railway Age) ... In DC, community helps cycling growth. (Post) ... Financiers demand less parking for a residential building in downtown San Diego. (RPUS) ... What would be on your list of best movies about urbanism? (Next City)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- What would you call Loudoun's Metro stations?
- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles
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