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Riggs Road today. Image from DDOT.
People allowed on all sides: DDOT has begun reconstructing the intersection of Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue. And based on public input, they changed the original plan lacking one crosswalk to make pedestrians the equal of cars.

Hit the road, Jack: The Prince George's Council has rejected Jack Johnson's lame-duck Planning Board nominee following massive public opposition to the maneuver. (Post)

Hey stores, check out the people walking by: Most retailers make location decisions by counting vehicles, but in cities, most shoppers arrive by foot, bike, and transit. The DC Office of Planning and the Urban Land Institute plans to collect data to help retailers understand the effect of other modes on their sales. (WBJ)

Development dispatches: The Hine project near Eastern Market is slowly moving ahead, with a timeline to break ground in 2012 and complete in 2014 (The Hill is Home) ... A redesigned church-residential combo in Bethesda is getting positive reviews on its second go-around (DCmud) ... DC is close to completing financing for a "Bethesda-like" retail, apartment, and parking garage project to replace the huge surface parking lots at Rhode Island Metro. (WBJ)

Plowing peeves: Frustrated Fairfax residents complained about VDOT plowing snow into sidewalks among other topics at yesterday's "snow summit." (WTOP)

PRT in Morgantown: Matt Johnson visited Morgantown, WV and got a firsthand look at their 1975 PRT system. (Track Twenty-Nine)

Sharing in solar: In some cities, renters can buy solar panels too, through community solar arrays shared by a number of residents. Some solar companies are opposing the idea because they don't want the competition. (NY Times via Streetsblog DC)

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David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


If you are interested in Solar Sharing, check out and see what they are doing in Bethesda and Chevy Chase!

by Andrew on Mar 17, 2010 10:44 am • linkreport

@ solar: The Feds should mandate all energy producers to buy back power at the price they sell at from folks who small scale energy producers, such as people with solar cells, wind turbines etc.

That will create a massive incentive for citizens to use renewable energy and allow energy producers to service more customers without investment. Win-win.

HOAs and local governments should be encouraged to allow citizens to slap solar cells and the likes on their roof. I would like to see all new buildings that are built with government subsidies or tax breaks to have solar cells or solar heaters on their roofs.

This is way more important than cap-and-trade and carbon taxes.

@ snow in Fairfax: I did leave those comments on their website.

by Jasper on Mar 17, 2010 2:28 pm • linkreport

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