Dinner links: Some other great cities do great things
Public space much better without cars: Last weekend, New York City closed parts of Broadway to traffic. Residents suddenly discovered that Times Square could be a nice place. (Streetsblog)
How London is greater: 14th and You visits London, and brings back some examples of what the Brits do better in their national capital. Their zoning isn't so draconian, allowing for more pubs on the corners in residential areas, and they allow more development around Tube stations. They keep streets and parks looking nice, and continually improve the Tube.
Who's your Virginia governor candidate?: McAuliffe and Moran both make plenty of statements for smart growth and transit, and against sprawl and coal power plants. Deeds, not so much. What's the reality behind the rhetoric? (Sierra Club)
Fenty ignores law again, is sorry: Continuing his streak of not really worrying about laws, Mayor Fenty let some friends drive him around in official vehicles, even though only city employees are allowed to operate them. When pushed on the issue, he reversed course and said he'd stop.
Not so hot on Metro food: Dr. Gridlock's letter writers generally oppose proposals to explore packaged food vending in Metro stations. One letter writer, however, thinks Metro should just let people eat on the trains.
Chilling traffic on Wisconsin: Some residents along Wisconsin Avenue in "Chevy Chase West," including Michael Replogle (the one from the Environmental Defense Fund?) suggest some more pro-pedestrian practices on Wisconsin Avenue between Friendship Heights and Bethesda.
New York Avenue TMP presentation short on answers: DDOT presents their plans for managing traffic during construction of various projects around New York Avenue, but aren't able to answer many questions. They're also planning to make the roads around the New York Avenue/Florida Avenue intersection into a one-way triangular loop, and (thanks to the Wendy's nearby) calling it Dave Thomas Circle. (WashCycle)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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