Breakfast links: Happy New Year
A growing city: The latest Census estimates put the District's July 2009 population just shy of 600,000; it's more than likely the city has passed that mark by now. The article attributes the growth trend to a freeze in suburbanization due to the housing market collapse, though planning director Harriet Tregoning credits a desire among more people to live in cities again. Last year, the District grew faster than all but four states: Wyoming, Utah, Texas and Colorado. (Post)
Charles County sprawlway: The Interior Department recommended that permits for the currently-proposed cross-county connector between Waldorf and Route 210 in Charles County be denied, citing the impact road construction will have on wetlands, forests and watersheds. The county maintains that the road is necessary to accommodate auto congestion from planned residential sprawl. (Post)
The ridership is right: WMATA is running a contest; the participant who correctly guesses (or comes the closest without going over) Metrorail ridership on the first day of 2010 will win a $25 SmarTrip card. (WMATA)
C for yourself: On Saturday, DDOT will be hosting the first workshop for C Street, NE at Maury Elementary School. Bill Schultheiss from Toole Design will facilitate an informal discussion on alternatives for the corridor. (C Street, NE Project)
Busted!: The editor of Parking Today, John Van Horn, had been running an experiment where he would not pay or overstay at meters. After a long run of not getting caught, justice finally caught up with this particular scofflaw. (Parking Today, Michael P)
Is that multi-state inter-agency cooperation I see?: Metro-North has begun running special trains to and from football games at the Meadowlands. This involves running Metro-North trains on Amtrak lines through Queens, Penn Station, and to New Jersey Transit stations. If these agencies can make it work, perhaps MARC and VRE could, as well? (MTA)
What's driving business?: Most businesses interviewed say that they have benefited from the pedestrianization of Broadway through Times Square. Tim Tompkins of the Times Square Alliance notes that the discussion has changed from whether the plaza hurts business to how the quality of the new public space can be improved. (Marketplace, JeffB)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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