Breakfast links: Hate-based policy arguments
Kornheiser for manslaughter: Radio shock jock Tony Kornheiser responds to Pennsylvania Avenue bike lane plans by recommending people hit them with cars
— "pop them a little bit." He also says, "last time I looked the roads were made for automobiles," a remarkably ignorant but unsurprising belief. (WashCycle)
Big government sprawl: Yet another "libertarian" argues that sprawl is actually good and the result of a free market. Liberals and conservatives debunk, citing again the many government restrictions that force suburban land use patterns. Why don't libertarian leaders argue for removing all restrictions on density in single-family neighborhoods? Heather Horn thinks these guys actually hate liberals more than they hate government. (Matthew Yglesias, The American Conservative, The Atlantic Wire)
Intermediate offense for deadly driving: Even AAA supports a Maryland bill to create an intermediate offense, "negligent homicide by motor vehicle," that's more serious than negligent driving (a traffic ticket) but less than vehicular manslaughter (very hard to prove). (Baltimore Sun)
No TOD for the House: Matt Yglesias is persistently irritated that the Architect of the Capitol continues to use the block immediately next to Capitol South Metro for massive surface parking. (Gavin)
Walker is a rider: New Washington Capitals right wing Scott Walker rode the Metro to Monday's game. (D.C. Sports Bog) ... Since Walker rides, does Boston Bruin right wing Michael Ryder walk to games?
Annandale could get a "sense of place": A Fairfax County plan would help Annandale become more of an "urban village", using form-based codes to encourage street-facing buildings with rear or underground parking and incentives for affordable housing, community space, or transit facilities. (Around Annandale, mooniker)
VDOT: Offramp or bust: Even Froggie, a self-described "road geek," is exasperated with VDOT which is resisting studying alternative sites for an offramp except right through Alexandria's Winkler Preserve. As with I-66, their strategy seems to be to focus on one idea and try to ram it through unless local officials force them to do otherwise.
No to vampire bill: The Herndon Connection editorializes against the Virginia "vampire bill" that would let VDOT estimate all future revenues from a road project, then give all that money to private contractors and leave the state on the hook if VDOT is wrong.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
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- 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
- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles
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