Breakfast links: Coming soon
DC government's tech innovation: New America Foundation's Kara Hadge summarizes discussions from yesterday's panels. OCTO plans QR codes for Circulator buses and a contest to develop apps using Circulator data, including the past year's bus positions, and DDOT will launch a crowdsourcing tool for suggesting Capital Bikeshare locations.
EFC debate underway: East Falls Church plan supporters and opponents faced off last night for the first of many debates at the Arlington County Board. (Also, here's a good example of a balanced article on a development debate.) (Scott McCaffrey/Sun Gazette)
Fares too confusing?: Howard Gleckman complains about the complexity of Metro's fare system and the difficulty of knowing the cost of a ride, but also agrees with many of the reasons that the fare system got that way. (Forbes, Michael P.)
Affordable forever?: Developers, including affordable housing developers are pushing to change Inclusionary Zoning so income restrictions don't remain in perpetuity. The rules keep units affordable, but also limit unit owners from gaining substantially from real estate appreciation. (City Paper)
One teen vs. the generistocracy: Dave Murphy writes about his experiences growing up in eastern Montgomery County, and why he liked Wheaton, Bethesda and Silver Spring and not Olney, which he called the "generistocracy." (JUTP)
Howard Theater, for real?: The Howard Theatre could finally, really reopen. Tipster Bossi says he's long believed that the rehab will really speed up revitalization in Shaw. (Alex Baca/City Paper)
Followups: Some drivers are a little confused by Dave Thomas Circle, and GPS devices haven't caught up yet (Ashley Halsey/Post) ... Annys Shin delves into Maryland's prosecution of the man who recorded his own traffic stop and posted it on YouTube (Post) ... New Maryland license plates are really ugly. (BeyondDC)
Walking and biking around the nation: An FHWA report says biking and walking have increaased by over 130% from 1990 to 2009. (Fast Lane, Michael P.) ... Planetizen discusses the benefits of road diets (Michael P.) ... Cyclists are fighting a Florida law forcing them to ride in bike lanes where possible. (Orlando Sentinel, Redline SOS)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Montgomery County will build bus rapid transit in four years
- Metro doesn't have four tracks. That's not why maintenance is a problem.
- Orange, Silver, and Blue riders: Pain is coming in just a month. DOTs: Get moving on bus and HOV lanes now.
- Building of the Week: Smithsonian American Art Museum and Kogod Courtyard
- DC's homeless shelter plan just got a makeover
- FiveThirtyEight said Metro catches fire 4 times per week. Fortunately, that's wrong.
- DC has way more vacant properties than it thinks