Breakfast links: Tensions on and off the bike
Enforce bike parking rules: Today is a DC Council hearing on a bill to enforce the current law requiring bike parking in buildings. WABA is asking for emails to Council supporting the law and asking that any fines be dedicated to providing more bike parking. (TheWashCycle)
Conflict is the bike story: "The media seems to have latched onto the idea of conflict as their way to report on the recent growth in bicycling and the expansion of the bike lane network," says a NYC cycling advocate. (TheCityFix)
Tensions in Hill East: After two assaults and a shooting near the Hill East housing project Potomac Gardens, neighborhood residents are calling for action from the city. The project and neighborhood are no stranger to such tensions. (DCist)
Questions surround Big K site in Anacostia: The DC government bought up a large site in the heart of Historic Anacostia this past summer. Now residents are saying the agency hasn't been very open with the community about their redevelopment plans. (Washington Syndicate)
A glimpse at MLK Memorial: The media were given a sneak peak at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the south side of the mall. The Memorial foundation still needs to raise $12 million, but is planning to dedicate the memorial in August 2011. (Post) ... WUSA has some additional photos.
More NoMA park responses: A number of bloggers respond to David's article on NoMA parks. Market Urbanism says blame the height limit, and also maybe parks aren't all that. Kriston Capps says DC should be willing to pay for a park since it will generate more tax revenue from surrounding properties. And OpenMarket is disappointed that Generation Y'ers aren't more libertarian.
Raise my taxes, please: A WAMU listener pleads with the Mayor-elect and Council to raise taxes on her and others who make more than $200,000 a year. "Who wants to sell their house, leave their neighborhood, and move to the suburbs for what amounts to a grande latte a day at Starbucks?" she says. (WAMU)
Toronto surrenders (to cars): Declaring "the war on the car is over," Toronto's new mayor scrapped a comprehensive light rail system on his first day in office. However, unlike a US politician, the mayor wants to see subway expansion. (The Globe and Mail)
And...: Cheverly will be getting Prince George's County's first wind turbine. (WAMU) ... Leslie Johnson, arrested recently on federal charges alongside her husband Jack, may cast the deciding vote for chair of the County Council (Gazette) ... The CDC has found some DC homes are still facing lead contamination in their water. (WUSA)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)