Breakfast links: Build, don't kill
TOD proposed for Tysons: Tysons has its first proposal for an urban, mixed-use development, in this case adjacent to the planned Tysons West station. The Tysons planning committee hopes the project will illustrate what Tysons could be. (Post, Eric) ... Eric notes that there's another development planned nearby, which isn't as mixed-use.
DC office space pricier than NY?: DC office prices are declining much slower than elsewhere, and might soon become the nation's most expensive, beating out New York, at least according to one measuring firm (another disagrees). (WSJ, Joey)
Driver kills one of NYC's oldest: A driver killed 104-year-old Joe Rollino in Brooklyn. The driver faces no charges, just a ticket for a "defective horn," since she was not speeding or intoxicated. The Times reporters doesn't bat much of an eyelash about that, nor their persistent writing that "a minivan" killed Mr. Rollino. (NYT, Dan)
Speed while rich? Pay up: Several European countries are fining speeders in proportion to their income, to avoid wealthy drivers simply paying the tickets and not changing behavior. A Swiss court recently handed down a 203,180.83 euro ticket to a millionaire driver. (AP via Freakonomics)
Free bags at farmers' markets: Plastic bags are still free at area farmers' markets, and The Slow Cook wonders why. (ah) It's worth noting that the bags you put produce in at supermarkets are still free, too; are these more analogous to those than the bags at checkout?
Topping the hot list: Infrastructurist lists the four most wasteful east coast highway projects. Number one is Virginia's I-95/395 HOT lanes from the Pentagon to Spotsylvania County, whose purpose could be much better achieved by improving rail in the corridor.
Acela II: Amtrak's capital plan includes improvements to curves and tunnel approaches that will cut the trip between DC and NYC by up to 30 minutes, and interior improvements including WiFi on the Acela Express. (Railway Age, Wired, David C)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
- After more crashes, DDOT pledges to remove Arkansas Avenue's rush hour lane
- Norfolk's light rail choice: Embrace the city, or follow the highway?
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