Weekend links: Tall poles and walkability
Giant stone pole needs massive security?: How do you build a giant security screening facility at the Washington Monument? (Housing Complex) ... Better yet, how about not having the screening at all? It's already got a vehicle barrier.
Really tall pole for your phone?: Montgomery County planners are evaluating whether to allow AT&T and the International Monetary Fund to build a 155-foot "Frankenpine" cell tower along the Potomac. (Historian for Hire)
Non-ugly building joining 14th Street: The HPRB has approved an infill project on 14th between P and Q. The original design had Frank Gehry-like skewed angles; personally, I [David] am glad HPO was there to put the kibosh on that plan.
DC's good for more than just politics: Christopher Leinberger says that the Washington metro area is a model for redevelopment of cities into walkable communities. Similarly, Richard Florida says DC is the 5th best place in the US to trick-or-treat, citing walkability, high median incomes, and interesting destinations like Embassy Row. (TreeHugger, Daily Beast)
Walkable is desirable: A decade ago, car-dependent suburbs commanded the highest housing prices per square foot. Now the title goes to Dupont Circle and other close-in, walkable communities. (Washington Monthly, Eric Fidler)
LaHood on livability: U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood defines the term 'livability' and highlights DC and Chicago as examples of livable cities. (Grist, Eric Fidler)
Remaking the market: Pittsburgh reopened its downtown market square. The city created one unified space by closing the two streets that previously quartered the square. (PPS, Eric Fidler)
From seedy to trendy: Inspired by a story about transformed retail streets in New York, the Commercial District Advisor takes a look at what it takes to create a trendy street. (Crain's New York Business, Commercial District Advisor)
Flat roofs: DC has height limits, but Los Angeles skyscrapers are required to have flat roofs for airborne firefighters. So much for spires. (City Block, Eric Fidler)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Montgomery County will build bus rapid transit in four years
- Orange, Silver, and Blue riders: Pain is coming in just a month. DOTs: Get moving on bus and HOV lanes now.
- Building of the Week: Smithsonian American Art Museum and Kogod Courtyard
- DC's homeless shelter plan just got a makeover
- FiveThirtyEight said Metro catches fire 4 times per week. Fortunately, that's wrong.
- DC has way more vacant properties than it thinks