Lunch links: Food fights
Photo by Mr. T in DC.
The powerful vs. the food trucks:
Established restaurants, business associations, and even existing food truck depots have been lobbying the DC Council hard
to limit the innovative new mobile eateries. (City Paper)
Shaw/Bloomingdale will get a sit down restaurant:
Beau Thai, a new restaurant in Shaw, just won its case
to become a sit-down restaurant. Converting a former fast-food carry-out to a sit down restaurant requires a costly, time-consuming zoning change, even though Beau Thai had overwhelming neighborhood support. (TBD)
Why no bike sharing on the Mall?:
It turns out that the Park Service gave away the store
to its concessionaires, who have the right of first refusal for any new public amenity on NPS parkland. In contrast, GSA has welcomed CaBi. (Housing Complex)
Security might not always trump public access:
Sen. Lieberman is pushing a bill to reform the Federal Protective Service
, which is responsible for protecting federal buildings. The bill will allow agencies to object to FPS security plans if they risk hindering public access. (Post)
Preservation meets race in Alexandria:
A lawsuit in Alexandria
over the preserving the American Legion building casts preservation as having disproportionate racial impacts. Meanwhile, neither side knows what to do with the building. (DCmud)
More car-free, less traffic: TBS's
TBD's unscientific survey found that Car-Free Day reduced traffic
somewhat in DC and heavily on 395. Admittedly, more research is needed before we draw solid conclusions, but it's at least a start.
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