Breakfast links: Victories for people
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)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- To a pedestrian, a road's a tiny space with danger just beside