Breakfast links: Silver Line cause and effect
Will Silver bring blue?: 800 people per square mile is the density at which places switch from Republican to Democratic control. Loudoun has been a political battleground, but density due to the Silver Line could turn it Democratic. (Politico)
What can Green teach about Silver?: When the southern end of Metro's Green Line opened in 2001, a lack of cars led to overcrowding. Will this again be a problem when the Silver Line opens? Likely not. (Post)
Back to school for mixed use: Instead of getting a new mixed-use Safeway, it looks like Tenleytown will just get a bigger private school campus as the Georgetown Day School expands. (Post)
Virginia tells Uber to cease: Virginia's DMV has told rideshare services Uber and Lyft to stop operating. Despite past warnings, the companies continue selling rides, hoping to outlast the regulators. (Post)
EPA rule's impacts will vary: EPA's emissions reduction proposal would require Maryland and Virginia to reduce their carbon emissions by 37% and 38%. The District would be excluded as it has no operating power plants. (Vox)
A utility model for funding transit: With U.S. transit systems perennially broke, it is time to rethink their governance? Regulated utilities operate in a similar context but manage to stay profitable while providing decent service. (CityLab)
New bus adjusts to riders: A startup has begun operating a bus in Boston that adjusts its route to better serve riders. Initial rides have been faster than the T, but more expensive. (NYTimes)
Voters gain development veto power: Voters in San Francisco passed a referendum giving themselves a say in development along the waterfront. Although touted as a victory against developers, the result may be an ever higher cost of housing. (Post)
Seattle gives street space to kids: Through a new Play Streets program, the city is temporarily opening streets to non-car activities, such as school athletics. Several other cities have similar programs. (Streetsblog)
How the battle was won: A recent podcast tells the story of David Gunn's transformation of the NYC subway system. Criminalization of graffiti and obsessive cleaning of trains was necessary to tip the scales. (99% Invisible, thm)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?
- VRE's map keeps getting more diagrammatic
- How five local businesspeople would tackle gentrification on 14th Street