Afternoon links: Good choices
GSA picks retail over barricade: The GSA has decided to include ground-floor retail in plans for modernizing its headquarters at 1800 F Street, NW. They considered a big security barrier instead but decided they could go with the retail. (NCPC)
Making the case for trains in Va. Beach: Conservative rail advocate Bill Lind spoke in favor of rail investment at a forum in Virginia Beach. He got there by train. State transit head Thelma Drake was also supposed to speak, but got stuck in traffic from DC because she didn't take the train. (Virginian-Pilot)
DDOT will be all together in SE: DDOT is moving to 55 M Street, SE and consolidating almost all of its operations there. Today, engineering and planning are far apart (14th and U versus NoMA), making coordinating more difficult.
Library renovations through 2017: Mayor Gray's budget also lays out a timeline for renovating more of DC's libraries, including in Capitol View, Southwest, Cleveland Park, Palisades, and Woodridge. (Housing Complex)
Maryland will build even more roads to Konterra: The developers of Konterra bought a huge property in the middle of nowhere and started lobbying for a big freeway, the ICC, right to their door. Then, When Maryland wanted to take some of the land for the ICC, the developers sued. As a settlement, Maryland will now spend even more money on roads to access the development. Sounds like a good racket if you can get it. (Post)
Pop-up canal announced: DC will divert the Anacostia to create a pop-up canal in Southwest, complete with floating food trucks. Yup, it's a great April Fool post we missed in our roundup. (People's District)
Not a joke: George Will takes train: George Will gave up his individualism and succumbed to socialist collectivism: He rode the train. (Grist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- 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
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- 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