Afternoon links: Waterfront and beyond
'Boat people' in DC: Gangplank Marina on the SW waterfront is one of America's largest houseboat communities. Residents are worried that a tsunami of SW redevelopment will wash them away. (Post)
Longing for a SE/SW Boulevard: The SE/SW Freeway in DC eases the drive to Virginia but severely hurts livability in the DC neighborhoods it passes through. TBD astutely notes that Congress would likely attempt to scuttle any attempt to transform the freeway into a boulevard, as was done in San Francisco.
Buses on Roadeo Drive: Metro hosted its annual bus "Roadeo" in which drivers test their driving skills and mechanics their repair skills. It's a good way to honor skilled employees and encourage excellence. Congratulations to William Morgan, Locksly McKenzie and Truck Hoang in repairs and Joseph Bazemore in driving. (Post)
The new highway lobby: The 2030 Group, run by wealthy suburban developers, is advocating for, you guessed it, more outer-suburban highways. However, they also advocate for a dedicated revenue source for Metro. (Post)
Budget creativity in New York transit: Following bus and subway service cuts, New York is allowing private transit buses to replace lost routes, but not everyone thinks this is a good idea ... NYC has also installed 10"-by-10" screens on the 42nd Street shuttle, and PATH trains already contain monitors that show ads and service updates. (NYT)
Pricing not so bad after all: Research shows that congestion pricing in Stockholm became more popular after people experienced its noticeable reduction in commute times. Perhaps DC residents will demand citywide performance parking once we see how it frees up street spaces? (The Bellows via Market Urbanism)
Obama expresses low opinion of DCPS: President Obama said DCPS doesn't measure up to Sidwell Friends, the pricey private school his daughters attend. DC's public schools "are struggling," he said. The president said this months after he let the DC school vouchers program lapse. (Post)
And...: Gov. McDonnell has restored voting rights to more felons than either of his predecessors (Post) ... Area universities are embedding professors into student dorms. Expect a slew of peer-reviewed papers on the physics of keg-stands (Post) ... Though we discourage needless sprawl, it can look quite stunning from the sky. (Streetsblog)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- DDOT director Brown stands up to opposition to mini-circles