Breakfast links: Governments for questionable urbanism
Left hand plans transit, right hand adds parking: ODMPED has asked the H Street Connection developer to add 100 more parking spaces, which the District would pay for and maintain, on top of the already-planned 365 spaces. Residents and the ANC worry about extra traffic. DCist writes, "this debate ... would be largely silenced if there was any kind of reliable way other than a personal vehicle or bicycle to get to H Street. You know, like a streetcar." (Voice of the Hill, Stephen Miller)
Why the hate for form-based codes?: College Park has a plan for walkable, mixed-use development along Route 1 and proposed form-based zoning codes to guide development. But when plans got to the county level, it got considerably muddled, and Councilmember Tom Dernoga even proposed an amendment to prohibit form-based codes entirely in one area. (Rethink College Park)
Cycle-assaulting teens busted: After the driver of a car full of teenagers brushed an Abingdon, VA cyclist, likely intentionally, the cyclist found the car at nearby Emory & Henry College and the police charged the driver. (TheWashCycle)
New bike infrastructure: The Met Branch Trail is almost done from Brookland to NoMA, and Eckington (way better than Spotsylvania) has some nitty gritty details ... the region's first bike box is in Alexandria, and Walter Reed got some sharrows. (WashCycle)
Keeping you Posted: Dr. Gridlock reviews the status of WMATA budget discussions and the feedback from the public hearings ... Henri Cauvin reviews the history of St. Elizabeths and plans to build a new DHS headquarters. (Post)
Ben's on every corner: Ben's Chili Bowl might be adding locations through franchising, Jonathan O'Connell reveals in his new gig at the Post's new Capital Business.
Cable cars and the blue castle: What's that cool-looking blue building at 8th and M SE? Did you know DC once had cable cars? Voice of the Hill looks at the history of this building, originally the cable car barn and now two charter schools.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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