Breakfast links: Vox populi
Make no little plans for Summer Streets: The Petworth ANC and Northwest Current didn't like DDOT's idea of closing Kansas Avenue for a Summer Streets program later this year, despite very low traffic there on weekends and ample alternate routes. Richard Layman says we need more population density for Summer Streets. How about finding a suitable route through Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan, Dupont and Foggy Bottom, and then across the Mall to Near Southeast and Capitol Hill? Some people will complain no matter what, but that would hit many of the most bicycle-heavy neighborhoods. (RPUS)
Buses are confusing, what else is new?: We can learn a lot about what's confusing in our bus systems by the experiences of newer residents. Noah Kazis wanted to ride from Union Station to the ballpark but got tripped up by old maps which showed the N22 instead of the Circulator. Noah also suggests a more schematic bus map. (Here's one for Circulator.) (TheCityFix DC)
Is NextBus data proprietary?: One company calling itself "NextBus Information Systems" claims that SF Muni's arrival information is their own intellectual property. But that company isn't the same as the actual NextBus company, and Muni insists that the data is public. Nonetheless, at the first company's request, Apple took down a bus prediction app from the iPhone app store. (SFAppeal)
In search of an official modernist champion, you mean: Roger Lewis wants to see some American leaders really embrace architecture, like Daniel Patrick Moynihan. But he really wants one who loves modernism, criticizing Britain's Prince Charles for pushing for one design over another. (Post)
Rails and trails: Washcycle summarizes a Finish The Trail series rebutting anti-Purple Line forces' arguments about the Capital Crescent Trail. ... A growing number of Virginia organizations are petitioning the Commonwealth to include pedestrian and bike facilities along with future rail projects. (VBF, Gavin Baker) ... That might include high-speed rail to Richmond, the subject of another petition for high-speed rail on the DC-Richmond corridor, a project Virginia plans to submit for a competitive stimulus grant. (Joey)
And...: People are moving to the new development by the ballpark, but slowly (DCmud) ... On this date in 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, which pushed the federal funding match to 90-10 and ushered in the modern interstate era (FHWA, Stephen Miller) ... FIFA's top issue to get ready for the World Cup in South Africa? Transportation; a park-and-ride system hasn't worked well during the Confederations Cup.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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