Breakfast links: Local developers learning
Parking minimums can bring profit maximums: Some local developers, including Jair Lynch and Chris Donatelli, realize the economic benefits of axing parking minimums. Perhaps they'll testify before the DC Zoning Commission on November 15 in favor of more progressive parking regulations. (Housing Complex, Jaime Fearer)
Scaling down with the Joneses: Early buyers of stalled developments in Prince William make do with uncompleted golf courses and new neighbors of more modest means. The housing market is slowly readjusting to realistic sizes and price points. (Post, Eric Fidler)
Health projects funded instead of BRAC: Area Congresspeople were hoping to secure funding for BRAC-related transportation projects, but last week failed to get it. The money will go towards military medical equipment and research projects. (The Hill, Bossi)
"Hipster Express" ties U Street, Brooklyn: A new DC-NYC bus, TheKnowItExpress, will travel from U Street to Brooklyn (and Manhattan). Not surprisingly, it's being dubbed the "Hipster Express," and also features Wi-Fi, laptop borrowing, and bicycle storage. (TBD) ... But will the stop in Manhattan, at Penn Station, take too much time? (City Desk)
Food fights: The vent for burger joint Rogue States is upsetting its neighbors at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson. A court has ordered Rogue States to halt cooking until the two parties can resolve their beef. (Post) ... 45% of Georgetown Cupcake customers are willing to wait more than 30 minutes for a cupcake. (Vox Populi, Eric Fidler)
Not another Adams Morgan!: Barracks Row is the latest to consider a liquor license moratorium. Residents say, as they do everywhere, that they don't want to be another Adams Morgan. (Housing Complex)
Drivers not behaving in bike lanes, so remove the lanes?: Crain's wonders if bike lanes are working for New York, noting that motorists are parking cars in them and pedestrians are walking in them. Even if this infrastructure isn't perfect, it ought to be improved, not removed. (Rob Pitingolo)
Sincerest form of flattery: NYC DOT is taking a cue from DC and replacing part of its car fleet with car sharing. Is bike sharing next? (Post, Streetsblog, Eric Fidler)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- What would you call Loudoun's Metro stations?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles
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