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Vote for AG: DC will probably vote for an Attorney General this year after all; a 3-judge panel says the DC Council's 2013 move to delay the election to 2018 illegally violated the charter amendment voters had approved to make the office an elected one. (Post)

Bringing color to Silver: The Silver Line's elevated sections aren't visually pleasing but designers hope to remedy that with ideas like gardens, fiber optic canopies, and sculptures made from tires. An initial plan to paint the supporting pylons was likely too expensive to maintain. (Post, The Tysons Corner)

Closing DC General the answer?: Residents protested the conditions at DC General, including poor food, rats, and lack of a way out of the shelter. Councilmember Jim Graham wants to rehouse residents and then close the shelter. (DCist)

A better traffic light?: Montgomery County will see if technology that adapts traffic light timing for traffic conditions cut travel times and save enough fuel for commuters to be worth the cost. (Post)

A better bar crawl?: Arlington wants to better regulate bar crawls and is looking for input. Responses are divided, but there is agreement for more police and EMS services paid for by organizers, not the county. (ArlNow)

Do meetings matter?: Despite public meetings, planners often don't listen to local input on major road projects. The limited scope of the meetings and tension between neighborhood and larger, regional interests play a factor. (Streetsblog)

Change in Del Ray: Del Ray businesses need to change to accommodate millennials instead of the Baby Boomer generation. But will businesses be able to compete against rising rents and online retail? (Alexandria Times)

And...: The publisher of ArlNow will launch a local news site for Capitol Hill. (City Paper) ... Hertz on Demand closes its DC operation. (PoPville, Circle Thomas) ... An exhibition on slavery comes to the National Harbor outlet mall.

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Melissa Lindsjo works in the Community Planning Division of Prince Georgeís County for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She loves all things walkable and local. She lives in Brightwood Park. 


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The AG thing is big, if not reversed on appeal. Layman has been arguing on this for ages. I tend to disagree with him on this, but if it allows someone like Zukerberg a shot....

by charlie on Jun 5, 2014 9:05 am • linkreport

Not surprised that transportation planners disregard community input. It's a natural tendency for specialists to value their own conclusions more than laypeople. With transportation planners, nonquantifiable goals like quality of life and street level experience barely even rate against their quantifiable goals of flow/service levels and low accident rates.

Many on this blog complained that DDOT caved in on the street reconfiguartion in Upper Georgetown, but I and others saw it as a promising sign that DDOT was responsive to resident concerns.

by Crickey7 on Jun 5, 2014 9:09 am • linkreport

The comments from the outgoing planning director of Alexandria are kind of a head scratcher. Most of the shops in Del Ray (i.e. Mount Vernon Ave) don't look like they're trying to compete with traditional retail. In fact I think Hamer misunderstand why people, including millenials, are moving to Del Ray. It's because they want housing that can accommodate a family and a retail establishment which caters to that; not $400 bottles of wine.

by Fitz on Jun 5, 2014 9:10 am • linkreport

All due respect to streetsblog but the arguments they make apply when people want to block a public transportation project.

That said, we've also seen enough projects removed, stalled, or weakened due to the power of the neighborhood veto so I think its a case for better planning overall rather than just listening to whatever residents say or object to. Then it'll be easier to determine what concerns are valid and which aren't.

by drumz on Jun 5, 2014 9:14 am • linkreport

*better plans AND better projects.

by drumz on Jun 5, 2014 9:15 am • linkreport

For the silver line pylons, I really liked neon lighting at night, ala east asia, but if not that; could they grow a climbing vine, something like European Ivy?

by Richard on Jun 5, 2014 9:26 am • linkreport

The bar crawl should be limited to once a month, it should be on the same time every month. (ie second Friday of the month/first Saturday of the month) so it is predictable. Once it is predictable, it can become more popular but also people who dislike it can plan to avoid it or at least accept it. If it is predictable, other parts of the county can set up counter events, that serve those less interested in bar crawls.

Should limit vehicular traffic during the bar crawls.

Should have strict DUI check points with 0 tolerance.

Should have late night bus expanded bus service

by Richard on Jun 5, 2014 9:36 am • linkreport

The WaPo article doesn't nearly have the information needed to take a look at the concepts. I've got the 7 different concepts on my site if anyone wants to know what the specific concepts were.

by Navid Roshan on Jun 5, 2014 9:38 am • linkreport

Just a heads up: the link for the National Harbor Exhibition on Slavery is pointing to the GGW Tysons "lipstick" story.

by Rich 'n Alexandria on Jun 5, 2014 9:44 am • linkreport

How does the AG decision affect the Council's ability to overturn referendums ? That quirk is awful.

by Tom Coumaris on Jun 5, 2014 9:49 am • linkreport

Ah thanks Steven for adding our post on it. I bet I know which one will be the popular choice (or atleast it is in my mind).

by Navid Roshan on Jun 5, 2014 9:49 am • linkreport

@Navid Roshan:

Thanks! I thought it odd the Post didn't include some sort of rendering. I've updated post to include your link!

@Rich 'n Alexandria:

Thanks! Fixed.

by Steven Yates on Jun 5, 2014 9:50 am • linkreport

Speaking of odd, take a look at the links that are in that wapo article (something about a pole dancing gubenatorial candidate)... not sure what that is all about, but shady if you ask me. But I digress...

by Navid Roshan on Jun 5, 2014 9:52 am • linkreport

I'm sorry, but the comment that "Millenials are more interested in a $400 bottle of wine than saving for a sofa" is patently absurd. If anything, the financial recession that hit just as many millenials were graduating from college has made this generation more conservative in their spending habits.

It's a good person this person is retiring if she holds such stereotypical and wrong views.

by Jofi Joseph on Jun 5, 2014 9:54 am • linkreport

The last link about slavery @ national harbor is a link to an article about the silver line in Tyson's.

by Matt on Jun 5, 2014 10:01 am • linkreport

Great to read that ArlNow is profitable enough to launch a second neighborhood news site. It's a self-made publication, and its move clearly demonstrates that there's a market for local news.

Of course, GGW's readers certainly know that local blogging is far more energetic than many may realize.

I would point out that Capitol Hill already has a couple of excellent blogs.

Capitol Hill Corner:

The Hill is Home:

by kob on Jun 5, 2014 10:06 am • linkreport

@Tom, we don't have the full opinion yet but I had the same exact question. From the summary the court released yesterday, it looks like this ruling will affect only AG issue and not set a precedent. The decision revolves around poor wording related to the election deadline.

WRT to Hertz on Demand, they killed themselves. The customer service was piss poor, the cars would frequently be physically not there despite having a reservation, and the gas cards would either be missing or declined at the pump. The last time I tried to used it, I had reserved a car at the Takoma metro, it was pouring down rain, and the car wouldn't unlock. After 40 minutes on hold, I was offered a car at 14th & P. I politely declined. I noticed they sold many of their reserved spaces around the District to Enterrpise over the past few months.

Want to reduce or eliminate bar crawls? Legalize cannabis.

by dcmike on Jun 5, 2014 10:14 am • linkreport

@kob, let's not forget the tireless efforts of for the Navy Yard neighborhood. The new Cap Hill blog says it's going to cover that too.

by JES on Jun 5, 2014 10:25 am • linkreport

yea Im not that wowed by the arlnow does. Its a bit heavy on the prepackaged stories in my opinion (same with Restonnow). They have a lot of return columns by real estate agents/promoted advertisers.

Just my opinion though, I see them as more of a crime blotter, story recycler personally, unlike this site (and I hope mine) which provides unique content that takes longer to create but has more info.

by Navid Roshan on Jun 5, 2014 10:36 am • linkreport

Here's all the info on all the requirements local governments need to follow to get safety certification for bus transit. I don't see where the timeline is specified but it's a huge list of activities that I imagine could take months:

by Falls Church on Jun 5, 2014 12:11 pm • linkreport

Richard yes, they could let Virginia creeper (apropos for anything involving VA transportation) have its way (unlike ivy, it doesn't damage anything, either)

by asffa on Jun 5, 2014 1:20 pm • linkreport

"Want to reduce or eliminate bar crawls? Legalize cannabis." does that work? That's like saying "can't have a dog in your apartment? Buy a plant."

by Another Nick on Jun 5, 2014 1:52 pm • linkreport

Richard yes, they could let Virginia creeper (apropos for anything involving VA transportation) have its way (unlike ivy, it doesn't damage anything, either)

What about Kudzu?

by Richard on Jun 5, 2014 4:09 pm • linkreport

Richard Kudzu is neither native nor controllable.

by asffa on Jun 5, 2014 8:40 pm • linkreport

@Richard: ivy is a pestilential destroyer. best to keep it away from the mass transit. kudzu is worse.

by Mike on Jun 6, 2014 8:17 am • linkreport

I think a green design for Tysons would be nice to soften the hard edges. I like the lighting but I think it's going to end up more Las Vegas than urban downtown in this particular setting.

by BTA on Jun 6, 2014 11:09 am • linkreport

@BTA, never thought about it like that. I think you are right though, if its too neon, but without any soft wood/landscape it will look cheesy, not balanced and high tech.

by Navid Roshan on Jun 6, 2014 11:20 am • linkreport

@Richard: ivy is a pestilential destroyer. best to keep it away from the mass transit. kudzu is worse.

The Kudzu comment was supposed to be sarcasm. Even if it is SOOO Virginia

Some sort of vine that doesnt damage things might be nice though.

by Richard on Jun 6, 2014 12:29 pm • linkreport

Richard Are there till those praising kudzu's rapid, smart growth without checking what damage it'd do or how it'll affect the local environment? hehee

by asffa on Jun 6, 2014 1:51 pm • linkreport

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