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Taxi access: 33 MetroAccess vans will become DC taxicabs accessible to people in wheelchairs. The shift will allow some MetroAccess riders to take trips with less advance notice and cheaper. (WAMU)

Uber fights at home and abroad: Thought the fights over Uber in US cities were fierce? In Europe, taxi drivers have been striking to protest Uber. But maybe engaging with change will help drivers more than conflict. (CityLab)

Food trucks out of Rosslyn: Construction of a 31-story skyscraper has limited parking and has forced food trucks to compete over spots in Rosslyn. Food trucks have started to relocate to Ballston, Courthouse, or Tysons. (ArlNow)

Vacant lot transformed: A trash-strewn lot that used to be a car dealership in Brentwood will now be a farmer's market and bazaar for the summer. The organizers want to use underutilized urban spaces to improve neighborhoods. (Gazette)

How big is White Flint?: In addition to considering what to call the area, one White Flint group wants to expand the district to include parts of Rockville. The hope is to make the corridor competitive with Tysons or the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. (Gazette)

Two-way New Hampshire: New Hampshire Avenue, NW will become two-way next week on the one-way segment from M Street to Washington Circle. The road also has gotten new sidewalks and bike lanes between Washington and Dupont circles. (DCist)

Political pieces: Carol Schwartz probably is just running for mayor to spite David Catania. ... Bryan Weaver won't compete against Brianne Nadeau for the Ward 1 council seat, but he'd like to run for another seat in the future. (City Paper)

Solar comes to Blue Plains?: DC Water wants to use solar panels at its Blue Plains treatment facility to help power operations. But will they be able to find a workable solution given the corrosive nature of the plant? (WBJ)

And...: Transit-accessible places are growing, but not as fast as the overall population. (Streetsblog) ... Instead of building new schools in unwalkable places, then starting Safe Routes to Schools programs, how about building where it's safe to walk? (Strong Towns)

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Melissa Lindsjo works in the Community Planning Division of Prince George’s 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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Why is Carol Schwartz running, anyway? I mean, Catania's charge is bizarre and makes him look foolish. But there is simply no logic in being the Harold Stassen of DC politics.

By the way, has anyone figured out what Muriel Bowser stands for yet?

by Crickey7 on Jun 12, 2014 9:41 am • linkreport

What oft was thought...


"Substantial majorities of Americans with liberal views prefer to live in a community where houses are smaller but where stores, restaurants and schools are within walking distance. The more liberal someone is, the more likely he or she is to express that preference.

At the other end of the ideological spectrum, similarly large percentages of conservatives would rather live where houses are larger but where schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away, and the more conservative they are, the more they prefer it."

by John Henry Holliday on Jun 12, 2014 9:44 am • linkreport

The entire construction project around NH and the west end has been a disaster. I've never imagined such incomptence in planning out a project that has gone one for 2 (3?) years.

And while I like the changes on Washington Circle, turing that part of NH Avenue two way is pretty stupid as well. The interesection with NH and L is bad enough already and this is going to make it worse .

by charlie on Jun 12, 2014 9:52 am • linkreport

"has anyone figured out what Muriel Bowser stands for yet?"

Or why she's running for mayor? Like, why would someone who has no particular vision for the city in any respect want to be mayor?

by JR on Jun 12, 2014 10:09 am • linkreport

@Crickey7, we mulled it over a bit yesterday. Basically, Schwartz deeply, deeply dislike's Catania and this her her chance to completely screw him over.

by Birdie on Jun 12, 2014 10:10 am • linkreport

Taxi drivers striking to protest Uber does sound like a particularly self defeating strategy.

by Richard on Jun 12, 2014 10:18 am • linkreport

why would someone who has no particular vision for the city in any respect want to be mayor?

It really impresses people at the high school reunion.

by David C on Jun 12, 2014 11:17 am • linkreport

What if Muriel Bowser met a time traveler in the past who suggested she could be mayor someday?

by drumz on Jun 12, 2014 11:26 am • linkreport

why would someone who has no particular vision for the city in any respect want to be mayor?
It really impresses people at the high school reunion.

It's the 3 uniformed cops and 4 aids that follow you around everywhere more than the title.

by Richard on Jun 12, 2014 12:13 pm • linkreport

Pretty silly to say Schwarz is trying to spite Catania unless there is some evidence that she has been tracking him for all these years (a la John O'Neil and John Kerry). I mean, she does have a life, right?

The simpler explanation is that she is a typical minority-party politician: it does not take very good odds to get her to run, she thinks that Bowser and Catania are less qualified than the last opponent to beat her, and she thinks that Bowser would be better than Catania so if she tilts the race to Bowser that would not bother her.

by JimT on Jun 12, 2014 12:28 pm • linkreport

"Carol Schwartz probably is just running for mayor to spite David Catania"


Even with all the complaints about the lack of good options for mayor?

Unless you're actively pushing a Catania agenda here,I'm not sure she deserves to be blithely written off in this way.

by nativedc on Jun 12, 2014 12:45 pm • linkreport

That seems a bit naive, guys. Who throws their hat in the the mayoral ring with less than 5 months to run? It's not hard to spot a spoiler campaign when you see one, especially when it's someone who has been out of local politics for the past 5 years.

by BTA on Jun 12, 2014 12:58 pm • linkreport

Taxi drivers striking to protest Uber does sound like a particularly self defeating strategy.

Considering it's led to an 850% increase in Uber signups in Europe, I'd say this was an "own goal". Most people in Europe didn't know what Uber was before this strike.

by Falls Church on Jun 12, 2014 11:59 pm • linkreport

Excellent! Now Parisians and Londoners can learn the unique delight of surge pricing and the hundred-Euro six-block trip - once they've undercut and "disrupted" union taxi drivers into the ground, of course.

Actually, maybe the strikers should have explained that first.

by J.D. Hammond on Jun 14, 2014 1:30 am • linkreport

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