Breakfast links: Hitting back with words and song
Woodley Park smackdown: Some other citizens' association leaders aren't pleased with CPCA's anti-democratic behavior. Peter Brusoe of the Woodley Park Community Association posted a strong rebuke to CPCA's actions, further saying that he'll introduce a resolution at the Federation of Citizens' Associations to expel CPCA. (Ward3DC)
A balanced view of the "war on drivers": Courtland Milloy covers the "war on drivers" issue in a much more balanced way, giving substantial time to Jim Graham as well as AAA's Lon Anderson. Graham is all on message. "I know it bucks the suburban tradition of thinking they can come into the city and drive recklessly and park in front of fire hydrants or anywhere they want, but I apologize to no one about enforcing our traffic laws. Get used to it. ... Just obey our laws." Even Anderson admits a small does of Entitled Driver Syndrome: "We have a sense of entitlement, a sense of self-importance that easily turns into aggression when we get frustrated," he said. (Post)
Singing about zoning: A professional musician who is also a City Council member in Pine Lake, Georgia composed six songs about land use and transportation, including one about cars taking over our lives and one about complete streets: "Just enough shade just enough light/ Just enough room for the neighbors in the middle of a hot summer night/ Just enough room for a car to pass/ But it has to slo-ow down/ It's a perfect little street, a perfect little spot, a perfect little town." (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jaime)
Catoe is tops: John Catoe was named the nation's top public transportation manager by APTA.
NextBus in one month: Metro has announced that they will relaunch NextBus by July 1. (WMATA.com, Transport)
Trains are the future for airports: More and more domestic airports are building or planning rail links right to their terminals. DCA is one of the nation's most popular existing links, and of course the link to Dulles is on the way. (USA Today, Gavin)
MPD nixes broadcast: A Ward 5 community leader made plans to Webcast the local police and community Citizens Advisory Council meeting, but at the last minute, Chief Lanier squashed the idea until the department sets up "protocols." After a slow start, MPD is now talking to him about making it happen. (DC Wire)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
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- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles
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5:30 pm Georgetown MUP speaker series
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