Breakfast links: Development past and future
A complete Clarksburg: Clarksburg's roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure will be completed by 2015, according to an agreement between Montgomery County and the original developer. Work stalled in 2005 after building violations and a lawsuit. (Post)
Down to two: The four alternatives for the proposed Potomac Yard Metro station have been pared down to two. Federal officials determined that two options were too expensive, leaving an alternative next to Potomac Greens and another to the east of North Potomac Yard. (WBJ)
Permits for pub crawls: Arlington pub crawls may soon need a permit and have to pay for police at their events. Event organizers argue that crawls bring in enough tax revenue for the county to cover costs. (ArlNow)
Columbia Heights development leader dies: Bob Moore, a key figure in Columbia Heights' rebirth, died on Monday. Moore helped bring the Nehemiah Shopping Center and DC USA mall to the neighborhood. (City Paper)
So long, Baier: Alexandria's director of transportation and environmental services, Richard Baier, is leaving his post at the end of August. Baier led the department since 2000, and did much for transit and active transportation in the city. (Post)
Induced demand is real: Writers from Cato and the Weekly Standard have argued that "induced demand" doesn't exist on the roads, or isn't a reason to reexamine highway construction. Here are four myths that underlie most of the pushback. (Urbanist.co)
Replace the gas tax?: Singapore pays for its excellent infrastructure by constantly tracking and taxing its drivers. Could a vehicle mileage tax be implemented here, where people are more concerned about privacy? (ThinkProgress, Thad)
And...: Is Arlington the suburb of the future? (Salon, Helen D.) ... A falcarius, narwhals, and others have appeared in Capitol Hill. (DCist) ... Can you name all the Metro stations? (Sporcle)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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