Breakfast links: Better input
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.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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