Breakfast links: Cuts have an impact
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911 drops calls during furlough:
The DC government furlough over Presidents' Day led to 200 calls to 911 being ignored
; the police union, which represents the call-takers, said it warned Mayor Gray but no action was taken. (Examiner)
VA pols fight WMATA cut:
Northern Virginia leaders are still fighting Congress' proposed elimination
of Metro's annual $150 million federal payment. The governor remains silent, though his press secretary says McDonnell believes cutting WMATA's funds "was the wrong choice." (Kingstowne Patch)
DC cuts solar energy help:
The DC Council reallocated $700,000
from a program to reimburse partial costs of installing solar panels. 51 homeowners will have to forgo the money that was promised them for at least another year. (Post)
WABA plans Ward 8 outreach:
WABA wants to reach out more to Ward 8
, running bike classes, group rides, and giving away some bikes and CaBi memberships. You can help by donating to this effort.
Why don't grocery stores have congestion pricing?:
Tim Lee thinks congestion pricing advocates are misunderstanding human nature
, given that private supermarkets don't provide express lanes for a fee. Ryan Avent argues it's a mistaken analogy
Reducing zoning increases parking rules:
New York downzoned an area of the Bronx to create a "neighborhood preservation area," but as a side effect, it imposed a much stricter parking minimum requirement
, forcing a HUD-funded project to build less affordable housing than it previously could have. (Streetsblog)
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