Afternoon links: Seen through a lens
New cameras coming: DC is close to launching a variety of new traffic cameras that will catch failing to stop at stop signs, blocking the box, or failing to yield to pedestrians. They will also be more mobile, so police can move them to high-danger areas. (TBD On Foot) ... I'm sure Lon Anderson is already cranking out the angry press releases.
Visting a better transit system: A blogger visits another transit system and marvels at the "excellent and highly-legible signage," clean trains and attractive architecture. The blogger was from San Francisco and they were visiting, and envying, our excellent Washington Metro. (SFist)
CaBi: Try it, you'll like it: A man describes how, since introducing his 67 year-old father to Capital Bikeshare, his father continues to use it for all of his errands. The man hadn't ridden a bike in 37 years. (Bikes For The Rest Of Us)
Loh more open on Purple Line: New UMD President Wallace Loh wants to make the Purple Line happen, unlike his predecessor Dan Mote who fought it tooth and nail. He's open to the Campus Drive alignment Mote resisted, but hasn't taken a firm stance yet. (The Diamondback, Cavan)
Can you do better for Ike?: Not satisfied with Frank Gehry's proposals for the Eisenhower Memorial, the National Civic Art Society is organizing a competition "to create a counterproposal" for the memorial.
Hine gets smaller, loses Shakespeare and Tiger: The planned redevelopment of Hine Elementary School on Capitol Hill has been scaled back by more than 10% and has lost key partners the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Shakespeare Theater Company and IRD. It will have less office space and more residences. (EMMCA, David C)
Move the region forward through meetings: Want to shape the region's future, if indirectly? The Region Forward coalition is looking for representatives from organizations and communities to work alongside local officials.
McCain doesn't want you to bike to the airport: What's with John McCain's vendetta against bicycling? Now he's inserted a provision in the FAA reauthorization to prohibit airports spending any of the money they get from passenger fees for bike parking, even though it would be a tiny piece of an airport's huge budget. (Streetsblog Network)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- What's so great about the Purple Line, anyway?
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- And the MetroGreater winner is...
- Does DC want boring architecture? Sort of.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?