Afternoon links: What's developing
Development clusters good for neighborhoods: DC's developers tend to focus in certain areas, buying a lot of property in one place. That's a good thing, argues Lydia DePillis, partly because they build a reputation with neighbors and make project approvals go more smoothly. (Housing Complex)
Wheaton Costco a hot topic: Wheaton residents had tough questions for Ike Leggett about the proposed $6 million subsidy for a Costco at the Westfield mall. One resident outlined objections, primarily that the plan isn't consistent with a "livable, transit-oriented Wheaton." (Patch, Danila Sheveiko)
Council race racing ahead: As the at-large Council special election enters its last month, DC Students Speak is holding a candidate forum this Sunday afternoon. The candidates still aren't that clearly different (14th and You) .... David Catania endorsed Sekou Biddle, somewhat awkwardly. Both unions and business groups are behind Orange. (Four26)
How about an Anacostia contest?: Minneapolis is having a contest to design a sustainable, active waterfront. Should DC do the same for the Anacostia? (One obstacle the many military bases making large areas inaccessible.) (Housing Complex)
Markets moving: Eastern Market's board, composed of community representatives, reaffirmed support for Stanton's redevelopment of the Hine school. ... A new governing structure for Eastern Market is being devised, with a new citizen board. (EMMCA)
Houston continues to get worse: Houston will spend 100% of its road money on car infrastructure, saying bike and pedestrian accommodations serve "special interests." The vote followed heavy lobbying by real estate special interests. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
EU wants emissions-free city streets: The EU wants to set a goal to reduce gas-fueled cars in cities to 0 by 2050. News outlets report it as a "ban on cars" while the British Drivers Association says the EU Transport Commissioner should check into an asylum. (European Voice, The Week, Telegraph)
And...: Virginia is using Dupont Circle to advertise Virginia tourism (DCist) ... The lot that had lots of Zipcars at 14th and R will become—Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
you guessed it— condos. (Borderstan)
- Bad Metro reliability is driving riders away. WMATA has a few ideas to get them back.
- 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- New York's subway has a great idea for Metro
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.
- Tour the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers with Google Street View