Breakfast links: We like Mike
Too many Michael Browns: Savannah City Manager Michael Brown will be the new Arlington County Manager. (WBJ) ... This makes the third local official named Michael Brown, in addition to the DC Councilmember and shadow Senator, not to mention that former FEMA head. Why do Brown parents like the name Michael so much?
2 bus drivers arrested: Two separate Metrobus drivers were arrested in the last few days, a U2 driver for pulling a knife on a driver, and a D12 driver for soliciting prostitution. (WMATA, Examiner)
Mt. P library patrons not going quietly: Activists protested closing the Mount Pleasant Library for renovation Saturday. They say DCPL's plans will replace treasured interior historic features with "cookie-cutter" and lower-quality new ones, destroys a treasured sunroom, forces wheelchair users to enter in the back, and more.
Water taxis?: A company plans to launch a water taxi connecting Georgetown, Southwest, the ballpark, Alexandria and National Harbor. They will start with 2 boats and hope to grow to 6, and say the prices will be "reasonable and affordable." (SWDC Blog)
Silly merchants: A market-based parking pricing system in Brooklyn created more turnover and more parking space availability. Nevertheless, the local BID complained about the program because business is down. News flash: It's not because of the parking. (How We Drive)
Sillier merchants: Lawrence, KS merchants want to let their employees park in prime spaces in front of their stores, even though there are garages a few blocks away. They say it's unsafe to walk the few blocks, but then why is it safe for shoppers? (PT's Parking Blog, Michael P)
Our brains make no sense: People tend to think it takes longer to travel north than south and overestimate walking times while underestimating driving times, among many other psychological geographic errors. (Slate)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- How well do you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 16
- The Silver Line's opening day, in 41 photos
- The Metro plan has changed a lot since 1968
- In White Oak, the region's east-west divide becomes an urban-suburban one
- Did Rush Plus depress Blue Line ridership?
- Who needs Metro? Not (as often) Capital Bikeshare users in central neighborhoods
- Forget the Washington Monument; DC's tallest tower is actually in Ward 4
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