Breakfast links: Taxi tactics
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)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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