Breakfast links: People want a city, are getting a city
It's development utopia again: Many of the proposed or approved but stalled development projects around 14th and U are getting started again. (14th & You)
People really want more restaurants: The people who show up for an ANC meeting often don't represent the general public. For example, a survey found that 70% of people living near Barracks Row want more restaurants, not new limitations. (Housing Complex)
Recession worse for suburbs: Suburban areas in the region had more people become unemployed in the economic downturn than in the "urban core," and are recovering more slowly. A Brookings report attributes this to having more poor and minority residents in the suburbs than in the past. (Examiner)
Retail begins in Metro stations: Tourist trolley tickets are now on sale at Smithsonian Metro, the first of what Metro hopes will be a profitable set of vendors in stations. DVD rental machines are next, coming to 10 stations. (Examiner)
Georgetown students deserve 2 ANC seats: Before 2000, several Georgetown ANC districts included part of the campus, and a big student drive got 2 students elected. Redistricting then concentrated students in just 1 district. With Georgetown growing, students should probably get 2 again. (Georgetown Metropolitan)
Bethesda gets pay-by-phone: All parking meters in Bethesda now support pay-by-cell phone. Silver Spring, North Bethesda, Wheaton and Montgomery Hills will get the technology next. (WAMU)
Another lousy parking "privatization": New York is the latest city to toy with a terrible parking "privatization" scheme that's really just borrowing from the future and making it harder to repurpose parking for better uses. (Market Urbanism)
Bike lanes make crazy writers really crazy: How far will bike lane haters go and when do they turn into self-parody? PJ O'Rourke tries to vault far beyond that line with the most ridiculous, whiny, ignorant anti-bike screed yet, arguing that cyclists exhale lots of CO2 and their shorts look strange. (WSJ)
And...: Maryland might fail to do much about Pepco reliability (Post) ... An upcoming GAO report will criticize the CDC for downplaying lead risks in DC water in 2004 (Post) ... The TSA administrator addressedHave a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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