Breakfast links: Dangerous for pedestrians and Transformers
Rockville Pike. Photo by thecourtyard on Flickr.
Several streets along the Mall were closed for the filming of Transformers 3. Unfortunately, a sports car Transformer named Bumblebee collided with a real police car
while filming a car chase. (DCist, Eric Fidler)
Virginia to keep WMATA seats for now:
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission voted down the attempt
by Governor McDonnell to take over two Metro seats currently occupied by Northern Virginia leaders. NVTC did promise to work with state officials to discuss how to improve Metro and give the state a role. (Post)
The Monday Metropocalypse that wasn't:
Yesterday, the Orange and Blue Lines were still closed through downtown while many non-government workers still had to commute. But despite fears, Metro handled yesterday's service
without much of a hitch. (TBD)
Exercising her right to pee:
Yesterday Malcolm Kenton posted about the lack of public restrooms
. Another issue is that many locations make it too hard to use bathrooms. One blogger recounts her encounter with a "bathroom bouncer"
who demanded she present a receipt, even though her boyfriend was in the process of ordering. (Chele's Blog)
DC a bargain for singles, PG for families: DC is the most affordable place for singles to live
in the metropolitan area, according to a recent report from Wider Opportunities for Women (PDF, see page 11). One of the reasons was that transportation costs in suburban areas took up a higher percentage of income. Prince George's County beat out DC in costs for families.
Chevy Chase retail less limited:
The Montgomery Planning Board will allow Chevy Chase Center at Friendship Heights to increase its retail space limit
, allowing larger shops and restaurants. (TBD, Eric Fidler)
Step it up:
A Univ. of Tennessee study
found that Americans take only 5,117 steps a day compared to Australians (9,695), Swiss (9,650), and Japanese (7,168). The study faults car-dependence as a leading factor. (Yahoo! News, Eric Fidler)
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