Breakfast links: 14th, car-centrism, and you
Photo by Wayan Vota.
Huge garage better than daytime neighborhood activity?:
CakeLove, located just two blocks from Metro and whose business thrives thanks to the many residents and workers in the area, advocated tearing down the Reeves Center
to replace it with a giant parking garage. The daytime office workers in that building patronize area businesses and help keep them successful, especially the non-bars; if anything, 14th Street needs more daytime activity. They're still linking to this article from their directions page
, which also encourages people to double park. How about advocating for some 15-minute restricted parking or performance-based parking, which would really help their business? (Geoff H, Melissa)
DC, MD fix it first; VA widens it first:
Smart Growth America evaluated states' stimulus spending
from the first 120 days. DC is spending 41.5% of its share on transit or bike/ped investments, and dedicated 100% of its road budget repairing existing infrastructure rather than adding new capacity. Maryland put only 6.1% to transit/bike/ped, but also used 100% of its road budget for repairs. Virginia, on the other hand, put 5.2% to transit/bike/ped but only 60% of its road budget to repairs, with the other 40% going to building new capacity, despite 54% of its current roads not being in "good" condition. (Gavin Baker)
Pedestrian strikes front of fast-moving police cruiser:
Last year, a DC police officer driving a cruiser struck and killed a pedestrian; now, the family is suing
, claiming police altered the crash scene. Reporter Michael Neibauer notices that the police report used especially ridiculous language, claiming that the pedestrian "ran into the right side of a marked police vehicle" without also mentioning the cruiser's speed. That's pretty close to "A person struck a bullet moving in the opposite direction
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