Breakfast links: Choice of spots
Off the bus, nowhere to go: A new bus stop in Silver Spring is walled off from nearby sidewalks, forcing riders into the street to reach it. (Montgomery Sideways via JUTP)
Spots for trails?: Spotsylvania County, Virginia is interested in creating walking, jogging, bicycling, and horse riding trails, and county planners would like you to take their survey if you've ever walked, run, biked, or ridden a horse there.
Hit and runs and intentional hits: Two different "vehicles... struck" and killed a bicyclist on Southern Avenue near the Southern Avenue Metro Friday. The first driver left but came back later and said he didn't know he'd killed anyone; the second driver and other occupants stayed but then left without identifying themselves when EMS arrived. (Newschannel 8) ... 3 men beat a cyclist on H Street NE during Critical Mass. (WashCycle)
Mayoral candidates want our vote: Vincent Gray said he wants to "get people out of automobiles" at a recent debate, but doesn't support higher parking fees. Mayor Fenty emphasized biking and transit and building around Metro, but won't study tearing down the Whitehurst. Leo Alexander has
no just one transportation idea: free Metro rides for seniors. (Mike DeBonis, DCist)
We're bohemian, and have Thai: Richard Florida has updated his "bohemian index," one of the pieces of his well-known "creative class" analysis of cities. DC is fifth, behind NYC, LA, Vancouver and Toronto. (The Atlantic, Dave Murphy) ... Florida is also well known for his research that gay populations are a leading indicator of the creative influx (and gentrification) of an area; Richard Layman argues that Thai restaurants are another, later indicator, as one opens in Petworth. (RPUS via DCist)
Too many cars: A 10-car Green Line train was mistakenly sent out from Branch Avenue and traveled as far as Waterfront before being taken out of service. Nobody could have gotten on the extra cars since they never platformed. This time Metro told the Tri-State Oversight Committee right away. (Examiner)
And...: Arlington is placing red light cameras in Rosslyn and Ballston (WUSA9) ... Fairfax County faces a $2.2 billion deficit if they build all the road projects being planned (Examiner) ... Baltimore lacks the resources to time traffic lights as much as they'd like (Baltimore Sun) ... Alexandria recycle bins might get embedded microchips. (Connection)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Upper Northwest hits peak NIMBY about a homeless shelter
- Metro doesn't have four tracks. That's not why maintenance is a problem.
- For DC Council at large: Robert White
- For DC Council in Ward 7: Vince Gray
- If Metro had been more like Southwest Airlines, it'd have saved a lot of headaches
- DC's population is exploding
- For Arlington County Board: Erik Gutshall