Breakfast links: One step forward, one step back
Good and bad news for Ward 7 development: After 10-year saga, the Skyland Town Center project in Ward 7 has cleared the Zoning Commission (Housing Complex), but another Ward 7 project, Parkside Residential near Benning Metro, looks about to fall apart due to lack of financing. (DCmud)
Germantown ghost bike, investigation: A ghost bike is up in Germantown where an SUV and its driver killed a cyclist last month. Police are still investigating the driver, who refused a breathalyzer at the scene and fought against police taking a blood sample. He was initially charged with resisting arrest and assault of an officer but those charges were dropped. (Gazette)
Judge's ignorance used against cyclists: It's not just drivers and cyclists who don't understand correct procedure about merging into each other's lanes, it's judges too. A federal judge in New York upheld restrictions on bicycle demonstrations partly because he saw a video clip of a cyclist merging into a regular traffic lane, to go around an SUV that was blocking the bike lane, and thought it was unsafe. (Streetsblog)
Moses' legacy alive at NY state DOT: New York State DOT officials seem to be slanting the EIS for the Sheridan Expressway in a way that will justify keeping the little-used blight by ignoring all impacts other than to traffic directly. Here's more about how officials can slant EISes in a cars-only way if they choose. (Streetsblog)
More in New York: The High Line park has been so successful officials from cities around the world want to replicate it (NY Times, Andre) ... The NYPD cop who pushed a cyclist to the ground, then said the cyclist assaulted him, will not get any jail time (NY Post) ... the Brooklyn DA will investigate a fatal crash after the NYPD refused to and assumed there was no crime. (Brooklyn Paper via Streetsblog)
Our artiest, decoest building: Streets of Washington looks at the history and architecture of the old art deco Greyhound bus terminal on New York Avenue. Thousands of travelers used to pass through every day. (Streets of Washington)
Councilmembers Michael Brown?: If you thought having two Councilmember Browns on the DC Council was confusing, what about two Michael Browns (plus the one in Arlington)? Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown is running for Council at-large to elevate the issue of statehood, plus maybe he thinks he'll get votes from people who think he's existing at-large Councilmember Michael A. Brown. (Examiner)
Way too hot: That MARC "hell train" is nothing compared to a Deutche Bahn express train which left Berlin without working A/C and windows that can't be opened. Temperatures reached 50°C (122°F) and 9 people went to the hospital. (The Local, Jeff)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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