Breakfast links: Wide shoulders
I-66 shoulders could become lanes: VDOT is considering opening the shoulders of I-66 to traffic during the entire day and night. (WTOP, Joshua D.)
Connecticut Ave bad for pedestrians: TBD On Foot follows up on Sharon C's diary of a Cleveland Park pedestrian battling the traffic along Connecticut on foot. It turns out Sharon's observations are far from just anecdotal. (TBD)
Is IZ too complicated?: Responding to Cheryl Cort's post here on Inclusionary Zoning, Matt Yglesias wonders if it's all too complicated and cities should instead use progressive income taxes to help poor people. Lydia DePillis defends complexity as sometimes necessary, and Manna addresses Cheryl's original point in the comments.
GSA getting creative: GSA is teaming up with Metropolis Magazine to host a design competition to retrofit an old federal building in L.A. If it's successful, we hope they do the same in Washington. (Metropolis Magazine via The Dirt, Eric Fidler)
From ballpark to snowball park: Instead of leaving their stadium dormant all winter, the Indians are turning it into a "Winter Wonderland." Could the Nats do something like this to help keep people coming to Near Southeast in the off-season? (ESPN)
Planning for homeless in winter: After disastrous overcrowding last year, DC officials are starting early with preparations for sheltering the District's homeless during the winter. (Post)
VRE will leave you behind: In a move that will help it meet on-time goals, VRE conductors have been instructed to leave the station at the scheduled time, even if they see passengers running to catch the train. (Post)
DC behind in energy efficiency: All states created rebate programs for energy-efficient appliances, as part of the federal stimulus. While 23 states have already successfully finished their programs, only DC and Guam haven't started their program, and Guam's is still slated to begin before DC's. (US DOE, Jad D.)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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