Breakfast links: Mo' MoveDC
What about drivers?: MoveDC includes new cycling and transit infrastructure, but it will also benefit drivers. Without toll lanes and a cordon charge, higher population would lead to unbearable congestion. (City Paper)
Lessons from Amsterdam: Decades of effort to promote safety and non-automobile modes led to Holland's integrated transportation system. Replicating that here will also require a culture shift, starting with young parents. (Post)
Remaking Little Washington: Jim Abdo, a prominent developer in Logan Circle and on H Street in DC has set his sights on Washington, VA. Despite its famous inn, the town has been languishing, but will redevelopment bring success? And at what cost? (Post)
Metro opens (restroom) doors: The new Silver Line stations will feature multiple public restrooms. But most existing stations already have restrooms; passengers just have to ask a station manager. (Post)
The highest wage in the land: Seattle's city council unanimously passed a $15/hour minimum wage, the highest in the nation. Small-business groups lent support, as higher-paid workers have more money to spend locally. (Next City)
Building for resilience and livability: A proposed barrier along New York City's Lower East Side will not only protect an electrical substation and apartments from flooding, but will also bridge over a highway and provide access to the river and parks. (NextCity)
No drunk driving without driving: Drunk driving deaths in Arizona fell 46% after the state required in-car breathalyzers for all offenders, but further decreases could be made by promoting alternatives to driving, such as transit and taxis. (CityLab)
An ISO standard for cities: The International Standards Organization has standardized city performance indicators, such as amount of pollution or percentage of residents in slums. This should permit fair comparisons and lessen manipulation of data. (CityLab)
And...: A new laundry service uses bicycles that can carry 300 pounds of clothes. (Post) ... Tysons developers minimize traffic impacts to lure tenants. (Post) ... What are smart cities for? One goal should be increasing the quality of democracy. (NextCity)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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