Breakfast links: Consequences of snow
Sidesnowpiles: Urban dwellers might be annoyed by apartment buildings not clearing their snow, but it's much worse along major suburban arterials; around Randolph and Connecticut, huge snow piles have completely obliterated bus stops and there are no usable sidewalks whatsoever. (JUTP)
Two pedestrians die: Two drivers killed pedestrians yesterday in DC. At 12th and Rhode Island, NE, two drivers collided, sending one of the cars over the sidewalk, striking two pedestrians and killing one. And on Southern Avenue, SE, a driver went over the curb, killing a woman at a bus stop. No word yet on whether snow contributed to either, or how well dug-out the bus stop was. (NBC, Post)
You can't save a space: After digging their cars out of parking spaces, some residents are trying to mark their spaces, and sometimes causing arguments between neighbors. The law? You can't mark a space. (Fox5) ... Mike DeBonis suggests changing the law.
Post ignores own staff and blogs to get story wrong?: Erik Wemple rips apart Washington Post coverage of the snowball fight. He says a Post staffer was there in person, but reporter Matt Zapotosky ignored his eyewitness account to write a dissenting article, then took a long time to get the story right. Contributing to this, Wemple argues, was the Post's reluctance to link to other news sources, except when demeaning their coverage or that of "blogs" in general. (City Desk)
Free parking means no parking: Providence, R.I. made all downtown meters free to encourage shoppers, but found instead that employees at the nearby courthouse just parked all day, leaving no spaces for those shoppers. (turnto10.com, Michael P)
Arlington in DC all along?: Retrocession of Arlington and Alexandria to Virginia might have been unconstitutional, says one 1910 legal opinion; at that time, most residents would have voted to return to DC. NoVa Columbia, anyone? (DCist, Nikolas Schiller)
And...: Georgetown Metropolitan explains the D bus's upcoming changes ... The Post recaps the CUA/Abdo development recently approved for Brookland (Pat O) ... Kawasaki, Japan wants to build a subway line powered entirely by batteries. It's not clear why. (Kyodo via Japan Times, Rob)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- What would you call Loudoun's Metro stations?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- After more crashes, DDOT pledges to remove Arkansas Avenue's rush hour lane
Fri Oct 24
9:00 am Urban agriculture symposium
Sat Oct 25
10:00 am Le Tour d’Alexandria Library
3:00 pm CSG tour: College Park
Mon Oct 27
5:30 pm Georgetown MUP speaker series
Tue Oct 28