Breakfast links: Communication needs work
Secret? Vehicular? Both?: Montgomery County officials didn't like how I called their confidential underpass proposal a "secret vehicular tunnel" in Dr. Gridlock last week. But as Ben Ross told the Doctor, how isn't it a "secret vehicular tunnel" if it carries vehicles and the details are hidden? (Post)
Fenty, Rhee approval down: Approval ratings of Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee have plummeted, especially among blacks. (Post) ... The Examiner puts it politely: The Mayor "needs to work on outreach."
Redo L'Enfant Plaza: NCPC is kicking off a study to try to transform the L'Enfant Promenade area into a green place with some real street activity. It'll coincide with a rehab of the underground mall. (DCmud)
Andrews fighting Gaithersbungle: Recent Montgomery County Council President Phil Andrews is pushing hard to reduce the size of the sprawling Gaithersburg West development. (Examiner)
3-foot in Maryland: Like Virginia, Maryland is considering a 3-foot law for passing bicyclists. That might have helped save Jack Yates, who was killed in a right hook by a turning truck driver and the police blamed the victim. (Baltimore City Paper)
Hands-free is also distracting: A study found that where laws prohibit non-hands-free cell phone use while driving, crash rates aren't lower. Articles spin this two ways: laws don't reduce crashes (with an obligatory quote from a driver who doesn't think anything he does could be dangerous), or hands-free driving is just as distracting (and proponents of laws against all phone use). (Mercury News, Post)
How Fannie and Freddie inhibit mixed-use: As Congress looks to overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, urbanists are pointing out how their rules against guaranteeing loans for most mixed-use developments discourage good urbanism. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- Zig zag road stripes can get drivers to pay more attention
- WMATA's new general manager is listening before he even takes the reins
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.