Breakfast links: Thinking about tomorrow
Avoid a DC shutdown: Congress ought to ensure that a government shutdown won't also force a DC government shutdown. So far, leaders of neither party have paid much attention to this danger.
Why not Walmart: Local business leader Andy Shallal lists some reasons to oppose Walmart coming to DC, and what DC could do instead to create jobs. (WAMU)
Burke wants calmer parkway: Residents of Burke talk about how to improve pedestrian safety along a parkway which runs right past a school, where drivers often speed and don't expect to see children. County officials resisted doing anything at a recent community meeting. (Patch)
Express buses begin on ICC: Two new express bus routes will start running on the ICC today. One runs from Gaithersburg to BWI while the other runs from Gaithersburg to Fort Meade. They are free for the first 2 weeks. (WUSA)
College Park considering CaBi: It's not just Alexandria that wants to join Capital Bikeshare: College Park is considering joining as well. Arlington's consultant worries College Park is thinking about placing their stations too far apart. (Examiner)
Complaints do not equal failure: Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans said yesterday that the 15th St NW cycle track "isn't working" because it delays drivers. But success of the lanes should be measured relative to the intended goals, not complaints from constituents. (TheWashCycle)
Biddle challenges opponents' candidacies: Recently elected Council member Sekou Biddle is challenging the validity of the candidate petitions of opponents Pat Mara (R), Bryan Weaver (D), and Jacque Patterson (D). He had originally planned to challenge Vincent Orange's petition as well but chose not to at the last moment. (City Paper)
Gray calls for deeper SUV investigation: After Tommy Wells' preliminary report on the city's vehicle acquisition failings, Mayor Gray is asking City Administrator Allen Lew to perform a full investigation on the topic. (City Paper)
And...: Sulaimon Brown plans to sue the Gray administration for his dismissal last week (WUSA) ... You can now buy your very own "I wish this was..." stickers to draw attention to places that could be greater in your neighborhood ... Want to know how to argue for narrower streets in the face of community opposition? (Strong Towns)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Farragut Square's virtual tunnel saves Metro riders time and eases crowding. Should downtown get another one?
- Metro's flooded stations, in pictures
- Violence against our neighbors is an urbanist issue
- Amsterdam plays Spot the Christmas Streetcar