Breakfast links: Green and moving
FBI might move to Greenbelt?: Plans for a mixed-use TOD on the Greenbelt Metro parking lots are the subject of legal disputes. Court documents revealed that the developer and WMATA have talked with the FBI about building a new HQ there, which would occupy the entire site. (Greenbelt News Review, Matt')
Barracks or community garden?: The Marines want to expand their Capitol Hill barracks, but their ideal site is a community garden that 60 families use and which has a long waiting list to join. The Marine plan would relocate the garden to a spot in the shadow of the SE/SW Freeway that would also be dug up by CSX's Virginia Avenue tunnel project. Garden supporters are trying to persuade the Marines to pursue a different site. (ChewsWise, Lynda)
Adroit opposition keeps LeDroit static: A plan to renovate a large house and add some new townhouses in LeDroit Park is off after HPO staff recommended changes that would force zoning variances, plus neighborhood opposition. (Left for LeDroit)
Dose of bad news for pedestrians: A woman was killed at 1st and M, SE yesterday. Police haven't yet released the name of the victim, who killed her, or in what kind of vehicle. (DCist) ... Drivers tend to speed along that stretch of wide M Street to try to beat the lights. That's why it's important to make M Street a "complete street." ... Drivers also struck pedestrians in two places on Route 1, at Cherry Hill Road in College Park and Florida Avenue (where Route 1 is Rhode Island Avenue) in DC.
He lied, but didn't assault: The NYC police officer who shoved a cyclist during Critical Mass was convicted of lying, but acquitted for assault and harassment. (Streetsblog)
Bike parking USA: It only took DC USA two years to install some bike racks in the underutilized garage. (Prince Of Petworth) ... DDOT
transformed a car parking space into bike parking added some on-street bike parking in some formerly unused curb space in front of the new WABA offices. (WashCycle)
Plop art?: The Washington Post art critic says the new sculptures on the 1200 block of New York Ave NW aren't meaningful enough, calling them "plop art." The Straight Line argues that "thoughtful" wouldn't really work in a median strip, but prefers trees.
No Phone Zone: Oprah has declared today "No Phone Zone Day" in an effort to cut down on distracted driving, and Maryland will participate with messages on electronic highway signs. (Baltimore Sun)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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