Breakfast links: The word from the top
Allen Lew. Photo by D.Clow on Flickr.
Baker has the right priorities:
New Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants to work more closely with the District
and sees Metro stations like New Carrollton, Branch Avenue and Naylor Road as key to bringing in businesses. Finally, a County Executive who thinks the part of the county inside the Beltway is important! (Informer)
Good news in Gray personnel:
Gabe Klein won't be sticking around, but fellow Fenty official and future City Administrator Allen Lew looks to be pretty great
, having a "constructive level of impatience," being "driven by results," and liking "thin bureaucracies," in Lew's words. (Examiner)
Gabe not so radical?: Dr. Gridlock thinks
Gabe Klein will "wind up being remembered as an administrator who pushed the District toward the mainstream of urban transportation policy. ... What looked to us here like cutting-edge programs would seem like catch-up to people in other big cities." (Post) ... Klein himself made similar comments
to WAMU in an excellent exit interview. ... Meanwhile, Elevating Chicago encourages Klein to consider running that city's DOT
... once they know who the mayor will be.
On tenterhooks over committee assignments:
There a lot of speculation about whom Kwame Brown will pick
for committees, including whether Jim Graham or Tommy Wells will control transportation. Loose Lips quotes Ken Archer, and gets a new Marion Barry classic quote: "What the shit is this?" (City Paper)
Harassment on the metro:
A group of female teens harassed a female passenger on Metro
, then broke the phone of a journalist trying to record them. The reporter got off at the next station and asked the manager to call Metro police. Police arrived 30 minutes later, saying the woman was "no longer in danger." (WUSA9)
Bay cleanup could prevent smart growth:
Planners and developers in Maryland are expressing concerns
about unintended consequences of an EPA Chesapeake Bay protection plan, saying it could actually make infill more difficult. (New Urban Network)
New signage at Federal Triangle?:
The GSA wants to update its building signage
in the Federal Triangle. While they're at it they could add better wayfinding directions to the signs, helping people find their way from building to building and better pointing the way to the otherwise hidden Metro entrance. (City Paper)
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