Dinner links: Save the planet
Streetlights of the future: Streetlights make up 2% of nationwide electrical demand. Some cities have started experimenting with innovative new streetlight designs. Some turn themselves off in bright moonlight or power themselves from nearby rivers. Others totally rethink the classic streetlight shape (which would never fly in most of DC). (Infrastructurist, Jaime)
30-plus years behind the times: NPS of course: The National Mall will start "studying" instituting a recycling program, which would be their first ever. (Post, Gavin Baker)
DC gets a B on trees: Casey Trees issued a report card on DC's trees, giving the city a B. It fared worst on tree protection, and best on the overall health of trees. (Washington Business Journal, Gavin Baker)
Have Obama’s first 100 days greened DC?: The Obama administration has now passed 100 days. City Renewed looks at his environmental impact so far.
Energy efficiency stimulus will go to solar panels and bags: DC will use its energy efficiency stimulus money for two projects: solar panels on schools, and free reusable bags. Chris C isn't so sure those are the best priorities, wishing for weatherization, green building, and private solar panel grants. (Green Building Law Update)
U Street hotel gets a little shorter: The developers of the proposed hotel on U Street, which I kept meaning to write about but never got a chance, have cut one story off the top. 14th and You liked it better taller.
5th and Mass gets a little safer: DDOT is expanding a triangular pedestrian refuge at 5th and Massachusetts, NW, taking a lane away from a tiny piece of I Street. (The Triangle)
1904 book promotes Columbia Heights: The booklet discusses ways to attract "home-seekers of the desired class" by promoting the neighborhood's advantages, including schools, churches, transportation, and having a cooler climate thanks to its higher altitude than downtown. (Red Sky at Night)
Hugs and helmets: Danish police stop bicyclists and offer a couple of surprises. (Lynda) Update: the video is fake.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Bad Metro reliability is driving riders away. WMATA has a few ideas to get them back.
- 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats
- H Street's sprawling Hechinger Mall is a sleeping giant, waiting to boom
- These two Prince George's neighborhoods show how bike trails help neighborhoods
- New York's subway has a great idea for Metro
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?