Brunch links: The quality of local coverage
Dr. Anti Anti-Car: On Twitter, @postmetro calls Gabe Klein the "anti-car czar." @ddotdc says that's "catchy but not accurate." Dr. Gridlock agrees: "Wanting city residents to have more choices for getting around ... and wanting to make the streets safer isn't anti-car." Tell that to Lon Anderson. (Get There)
Not enough war on drivers?: Someone abandoned a car during the snowstorm, and a week later, it was still blocking a lane of 15th Street NW near M Street now having been towed. (Crime Scene) ... Erik Wemple wonders why the Post headline sensationalized this as "near White House" when it's, well, not really.
Dr. Understanding Parking: Before answering a reader's question about which Metro station parking lots don't fill up early in the morning, Dr. Gridlock points out that I'd like WMATA to set prices so that this letter writer could potentially park at any lot.
Oh, snap, but no: Too bad the Examiner's reporting is so good, because their editorials aren't. The latest outrage is their "latest outrage," picking on a NJ-PA bike path as not stimulating enough "unless ... we're using rickshaws for shipping." Oh, so witty, yet so ignorant! (TheWashCycle, Bike League)
Now really not street-facing: Remember the mixed-use retail complex in Baltimore that had lousy urban design? Well, now it will have a Wal-Mart as well, while the developers have not addressed neighborhood requests to reduce street-facing blank walls. (The Daily Record)
And...: The housing and studios for artists in Brookland, Brookland Artspace Lofts, will soon break ground (Post, Pat O) ... Virginia's bill to ban non-hands-free cell phone usage is dead for this year (VA Bike) ... Arlington will launch a "Green Office Challenge" to recognize office buildings that best reduce their energy usage and waste. (City Renewed, Gavin Baker)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Montgomery County will build bus rapid transit in four years
- Metro doesn't have four tracks. That's not why maintenance is a problem.
- Orange, Silver, and Blue riders: Pain is coming in just a month. DOTs: Get moving on bus and HOV lanes now.
- Building of the Week: Smithsonian American Art Museum and Kogod Courtyard
- DC's homeless shelter plan just got a makeover
- FiveThirtyEight said Metro catches fire 4 times per week. Fortunately, that's wrong.
- DC has way more vacant properties than it thinks