Afternoon links: Percentage perspective
A tale of two cities: DC FPI released a new report (PDF) showing that the District's income gap continues to widen. The poorest 20% of DC residents earn $12.36/hr or less while the richest 20% earn at least $38.95/hr. Poor education is part of the cause. (Post)
Car independence in DC: 50.4% of DC residents commute without an automobile. Boston beats us by a hair (50.8%) and New York beats us by a bit more (65.8%). Only 22.9% of commuters in Portland, a city often lauded as a model of good planning, commute without an automobile. Even Baltimore does better at 25.2%. (Transport Politic)
More stats and inequalities: 25% of mortgages in P.G. County are delinquent. The rate is 10% in DC. (City Paper) ... The Acela and Northeast Regional produce 51% of Amtrak's revenue (PDF) while only serving 36% of the riders. (mcs)
Transportation service: VRE is working on adding free Wi-Fi (PDF) to its trains (mcs) ... Based on feedback, the "Hipster Express" will run directly to Brooklyn instead of stopping in Manhattan (TBD) ... CaBi's $50 annual introductory rate ends October 31. (Gavin)
Is Cato's parking anti-free-market?: Donald Shoup castigates the Cato Institute at 10th and Mass. NW for subsidizing parking for its employees. Shoup argues employer-provided parking is a transportation subsidy that contradicts the free market principles Cato advocates, while just to the east, NPR charges its employees market rate for on-site parking. (Streetsblog) ... The generally pro-Shoup Market Urbanism disagrees.
More sincere flattery: London's bike sharing program is following DDOT's approach and is asking users to propose future bike station locations. (Guardian)
Sprawl, illustrated: Local architectural celebrity and Suburban Nation co-author Jeff Speck illustrates suburbia's worst elements in a photo essay. (Huffington Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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