Breakfast links: Home sweet home no more?
Residents could lose homes: A landslide in May forced residents to evacuate the Piscataway Hills neighborhood in Prince George's. It would cost $22 million to stabilize the hillside, and the county may choose to dismantle the neighborhood instead. (Post)
Shotgun housing: Is a more than 150 year old "shotgun house" on Capitol Hill a historic treasure or an eyesore? The house's owner wants to tear it down and build a bigger house, and he says that it is structurally unsound. (Post)
Unaffordable housing: More than half of DC's households that rent their homes are paying more than they can afford. 51% pay more than 30% of their income, and 28% pay more than half of their income. (City Paper)
NoRamp for NoMA?: There's an easement so that the Metropolitan Branch Trail can get a ramp to L Street, but the NoMa BID's public space plans would use some of that space and imperil the ramp; the city seems to be going along. (TheWashCycle)
Need more human enforcement: Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike say that police should enforce laws for all road users. They say police should put more officers on the street enforcing laws and not just rely on traffic cameras. (Post)
Parking problems in the future?: Plans to build a no-parking building on H Street, whose residents won't be eligible for residential parking stickers, gets the go-ahead, but Muriel Bowser worries residents will just lobby for RPP stickers later. (District Source)
Living up to his name: Prominent early Facebook backer Sean Parker is bankrolling a ballot initiative in San Francisco to prohibit Sunday parking meters, limit new meters, and expand parking garages. (Streetsblog)
Fund is temporarily trusty again: The House approved a temporary fix for the Highway Trust Fund, adding $11 billion that will string it along until next May. Democrats criticized Congress' inability to pass a longer-term bill; conservatives and liberals criticized the accounting gimmicks involved. (NYT)
And...: Pedro Ribeiro, Mayor Gray's spokesman, is stepping down. (Post) ... Baltimore has a housing voucher system that actually works. (Next City) ... Montgomery County is coming for your illegal signs. (Gazette) ... This parking sign makes sense. (Wired)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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