Breakfast links: Ways of talking
Teen struck by bullet: I've often compared crash reporting to shooting reporting, and said news stories never write, "A person was killed yesterday when he collided with a bullet moving at high speed in the opposite direction." But this report from Frederick, "Bullet strikes teen in Frederick in head," comes pretty close. (Post)
Obnoxious GGW commenters make the Post: Parents and non-parents are clashing over allocations of public space in DC, as families stay in the city. Annys Shin notes the vitriol that erupted over Ken Archer's article about strollers on the Circulator as an example. Richard Layman says this is nothing new. (Post, RPUS)
How to pay for streetcars: Transportation improvements aren't cheap, and streetcars are no exception. The system will require funds from general tax revenue and probably some value capture of increased property taxes. (Examiner, Post)
Fewer homes on the market: good?: Inventory of housing on the market is decreasing back to typical levels. However, much of the decline comes from potential sellers not listing properties that are under water. There are far more foreclosures and bank-owned properties for sale in outer jurisdictions while properties inside the Beltway held their value better being in more desirable places to live. (Post, Cavan)
Yglesias on cities: Matt Yglesias talks urbanism with the Atlantic, and advocates for better buses, removing parking minimums, and the way many conservatives oppose market-oriented policies just because cities are full of liberals.
Meters everywhere but no money: Tulsa, Oklahoma has shut off many of their parking meters because there's no money to replace the batteries. Hmm, how could they get more money from parking meters? (KOTV.com, Michael P.)
And...: Does the Penn Quarter need more shops and fewer restaurants? (The Internationalist, Jeff1248) ... Some Alexandrians don't want detailed wayfinding signs (Examiner) ... A teen driver kills a 55-year-old woman in Germantown (WTOP) ... A Dr. Gridlock reader defends DC's bike lane plans against AAA, and the doc agrees. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- Cell service in tunnels, junking old rail cars, getting finances in order. Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan.
- If racial inequities didn't exist, DC would look like this...
- The DC reps on the WMATA board might veto late-night closures
- WMATA recommended express bus service along 14th Street NW four years ago. Is it time to make it happen?
- Metro now has an official plan for getting better in 2017. It's called Back2Good.
- More on why buying your first home in the DC region is so hard