Breakfast links: Can't we all get along?
Too many wars?: Really, no, there is no "war on cars" despite what car advocates say. Policies promoting walking, biking, and transit "are no more 'anti-car' than a healthy diet is 'anti-food,'" writes Todd Litman. (VTPI)
And in yet another article about the "bike backlash," New York Magazine notes that vitriol might just be fueled by media articles about the "bike backlash."
Cop assaults citizen with car: An off-duty MPD officer allegedly assaulted a
Petworth Pleasant Plains restaurant owner with his private vehicle after the man refused to move out of the street where he was helping a truck move out of traffic into an on-street space. (City Paper)
Republicans good for biking?: A Republican Congress may force bike advocates to bridge political differences and better hone messages around freedom and helping business instead of health and climate change. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
Colonel Brooks project zoning stalls: The DC Zoning Commission has postponed any action on the redevelopment in Brookland until the HPRB makes a decision about potential historic designation for the buildings on the block in question. (Examiner)
Moneme lobbies former WMATA colleagues: Former WMATA COO Emeka Moneme, who is now a lobbyist for MV Transportation, may have used his connections inside the agency to set up meetings and help MV retain the MetroAccess contract. (WAMU)
Examining Metro's capital budget: In the next few years WMATA will make some big ticket capital purchases, but the capital budget is also peppered with many small yet vital items, as well as some more questionable ones. (Examiner)
A national bag fee?: Arlington Representative Jim Moran will reintroduce a federal plastic bag fee proposal on Earth Day after his home jurisdiction failed to get a local bag fee through the Virginia legislature. (Examiner)
Construction afoot in Near SE: As the weather has warmed, so has the development outlook in Near Southeast. The mixed-income rowhouse project that replaced Capper/Carrolsburg housing project, conversion of an old Post warehouse into DC government office space, a new park and coffee shop are all pushing forward. (JDLand)
And...: Jonetta Rose Barras calls Congress the "District's state legislature." A legislature filled with people not from the state. (Examiner) ... Ever noticed the large old building on Pennsylvania Ave SE and wondered what it used to be? ... A Post reader has some sound advice for those who complain about parking meter rates and hours. (Michael P)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE