Weekend links: Different views on buildings
Photo by M.V. Jantzen on Flickr.
MLK library not so bad?:
Kriston Capps defends the MLK library
, "a soaring Mies skyscraper ... cut off at its knees" which could benefit from a good renovation and alternatives to housing the homeless in the library. (Housing Complex)
Brooks' a part of Brookland evolution:
The owner of Colonel Brooks' Tavern plans a 6-story mixed-use building
to replace his struggling restaurant. This would bring more activity to the area right around the Brookland Metro station, but some neighbors, not surprisingly, are opposed. (Post) ... Brookland Avenue has more details of the project
from a December public meeting.
Cyclist loses driver license for getting hit by driver:
After a minor cyclist-driver crash where the driver admitted fault, the officer wrote the cyclist a ticket anyway
, saying "because you don't have an insurance company to fight." Then, after accidentally contesting the ticket too late, the cyclist got his driver license suspended. (PoP)
Walking to school at all-time low:
In 1969 only 15% of school children were driven to school; the vast majority of students walked or took a bus. Today, 75% of households drive their children
to school, even though half of all children live within 2 miles of their school. (Dallas Morning News)
Back to the future on H Street NE:
A great 1926 photo
shows H Street NE with the streetcar tracks that will again be operational in less than 2 years. (Shorpy, Mark Jordan) ... The DC Sierra Club will host a streetcar happy hour
on H Street next week. (TheCityFix)
DC gap $600 million:
DC's budget gap estimate has risen to $600 million
, which would mean "drastic" budget cuts. (WBJ)
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