Breakfast links: Take a seat
Couches the next subway ads?: Going beyond the run-of-the-mill wall ads, IKEA furnished several Parisian subway stations. With Metro's ample platform space and increasingly long, unpredictable waits, perhaps a similar campaign in DC could bring in some needed cash? (freshome)
Thomas, the parking scofflaw: Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (ward 5) got his car booted after failing to pay four tickets, including one for blocking rush hour lane and one for blocking a bus stop. His response: he isn't supposed to have to pay them. That's not because he's innocent, mind you, just because the Council decided they shouldn't have to follow parking laws. Kwame Brown (at-large) also got a ticket recently, but paid the fine. (Examiner)
Bike lanes: Inviting backlash? Triathlete-related?: After talking up his bicycle bona fides, Harry Jaffe isn't so sure about new bike lanes because they might "tempt a backlash." WashCycle disagrees. Jaffe also overplays the role of Fenty's cycling in this whole endeavor. (Examiner, TheWashCycle)
Bag fee cuts bags in half: A WAMU report on the status of the MD bag fee notes that Safeway reports bag usage dropped by half.
I saw the sign: Bad signs can cause or prevent crashes, make cities more or less hospitable, and more. Slate looks at the impact of signs on our lives in a great six-part series. (Stephen Miller)
Three-mile crosswalk: One British senior citizen can't cross her road, which is very busy and has no pedestrian crossing; she has to take a bus three miles to cross, then another bus three miles back to go to stores across the street. (How We Drive, Matt')
And...: There's a new Web site for basement landlords DCRA created after a Prince of Petworth discussion ... there was a violent crash involving a Metrobus and two cars where "one person was ejected from a vehicle and one car is in the woods" ... Jim Graham may try to reinstate auto safety inspections. (DCist, Examiner)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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