Breakfast links: Missing the point
C100 against public participation in government?: A lot of people had fun with our redistricting game, except for Committee of 100 zoning chair Alma Gates, who thinks that the Council shouldn't listen to your ideas unless you're picked to serve on citizen committees. (Housing Complex)
Perkins pushing preferable passes: Michael Perkins' campaign for better unlimited passes on Metro is getting attention. WMATA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein seems to think Perkins is pushing a certain technology rather than a general approach. (Examiner)
Don't panic about buildings: Roger Lewis tries to assuage the fears of those who are alarmed at every development proposal and accuse public officials and architects of being greedy. (Post) ... Will this help We Love DC's Tom Bridge, currently engaged in a big debate on the Brookland listserv over the Col. Brooks Tavern project?
Pondering access for Tysons stations: Some say it is too little, too late, but Fairfax County is trying to figure out how best to provide access to the three Tysons Corner Metro stations in the near term when few people live in the immediate area. (Post)
Google Maps slow to correct errors: Michael Dresser pointed out last week that Google Maps was directing people onto an unfinished section of the ICC. Apparently Google didn't think the mistake was worth correcting over the weekend. (Baltimore Sun) ... Incidentally, the District is still "Washington D.C., DC." (Google Maps)
National Airport's historic remnants: You've probably flown in and out of National Airport, but have you seen all the historic elements remaining from DCA's history? And why is the center gate section in the newer terminal called both Terminal B and C anyway? (The Cranky Flier)
More toll increases in Maryland?: A legislative report recommends the Maryland Transportation Authority consider toll increases above and beyond those planned over the next 5 years. The report says the state's toll roads are underpriced. (WTOP)
Roads too costly to maintain: Budget pressures and rising pavement costs are forcing rural counties to revert paved roads back to gravel. One reasonable resident understands: "really, why should everybody in the rest of the county help pay for my hard surface road?" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
And...: Starting today, DC taxis will add a $1 fuel surcharge to each fare beginning and ending in the District. (WUSA) ... Eric Fischer has updated his race and ethnicity maps to reflect the 2010 census results for the DC region (Flickr, Adam S.) ... Apparently WMATA has had some trouble estimating ridership going all the way back to its first trial day in 1976. (Examiner)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?