Breakfast links: Arlington's antis
OMG buildings!: The Post's article on the East Falls Church Metro plan gives most of the ink to neighbor opposition, quoting 3 opposing neighbors and framing the piece as "[some say it] will destroy their bucolic neighborhood" with scant attention to the plan's benefits or supporters. (Christy Goodman/Post) ... Sign the petition to support the plan.
Cross 395 soon: There will be a new bike-ped connection across I-395 from Army Navy Drive to Arlington View. It requires a trail on a piece of a country club's property, which they've agreed to in exchange for permission to enlarge the clubhouse. The County Board approved the plan on Saturday. (CommuterPageBlog, Joey)
Where Arlington would put bike sharing: Arlington is getting 14 bike stations in the new Capital Bikeshare program, but is already starting to plan for 110, identifying what areas would get them: mostly the Pentagon-Crystal City, Rosslyn-Ballston, and Columbia Pike areas with a few in Buckingham and Shirlington. (Arlington County Board, Joey)
In-law apartment or second house?: A Baltimore County community association has been fighting for years in court to block a garage from being used as an apartment for the owners' son. In-law apartments are allowed, but neighbors say it's a "second home" instead. (Arthur Hirsch/Baltimore Sun, jfruh)
Negative externalities of homeownership: A Federal Reserve paper touts the benefits of homeownership, including community involvement, as a "positive externality," but Ryan Avent points out that homeownership makes owners very risk averse and creates incentives to exclude others from an area, which isn't so positive.
DDOT updates: The new "Dave Thomas Circle" traffic pattern, at the corner of New York and Florida Avenues, is now in effect. DDOT has modified the plan slightly from the original announcement, adding O Street. ... The Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes will have bollards after all on the narrow portions at either end, despite CFA opposition.
Examinations: Is DC waiving police overtime costs for too many parades, including the SunTrust National Marathon? (Bill Myers/Examiner) ... Thieves stole two bikes from Mayor Fenty's home right under the noses of his security detail (Bill Myers/Examiner) ... Despite budget cuts, Metro will have more staff than before. (Kytja Weir/Examiner)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- What's so great about the Purple Line, anyway?
- Does DC want boring architecture? Sort of.
- And the MetroGreater winner is...
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.
- I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's