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Breakfast links: Bike on


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Silver line biking: Bike parking at Wiehle has increased steadily since the line opened in July. Current counts would make it one of the most popular stations for bike parking, even though information on available parking is unclear or unavailable. (FABB)

Streetcar details: The H Street streetcar could provide a valuable connection to Metro for bar-goers. New proposed regulations suggest the line will run until 2 am on weekends. And, like Metro, bikes will be banned during rush hour. (DCist)

Cycle tracks for children: A cycle track in Austin helps kids bike safely to their elementary school. The project provides a safe connection from a wide neighborhood street to a new pedestrian and bike bridge. (Streetsblog)

Pedestrian error: Baltimore County has one of the highest incidences of pedestrian traffic fatalities in the US. Is "pedestrian error" or the county's design, with missing sidewalks and high-speed suburban roads, to blame? (NextCity)

After rent subsidies: Rapid Re-Housing provides temporary rental assistance to families facing homelessness in DC, but does it do enough? Subsidies end after one year and families are often placed in apartments where the rent is too high for them. (Post)

RFK plans: Are Washington's NFL team and the Olympic exploratory committee working together to build a new facility at the RFK site? Both have expressed interest in the site, and Olympic venues have been converted to team stadiums in the past. (Post)

Taxi times: In San Francisco, wait times for ride services like Uber are significantly shorter than wait times for taxis. Are ridesourcing apps' ability to connect passengers with the nearest driver driving their popularity? (CityLab)

Not there yet: Google's driverless car technology is far from ready for general use, and the remaining issues, like adapting to temporary conditions not in the system's database, may prove to be the hardest to solve. (MIT Technology Review, jimble)

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Breakfast links: Purple Line lawsuits


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No lawsuit from Chevy Chase: The Town of Chevy Chase has chosen not to file a lawsuit to stop the Purple Line. However, the town said it could still file a brief in support of the lawsuit filed earlier this week. (Post)

Eminent Domain for Purple Line?: A Montgomery Circuit Court is hearing a case over whether a homeowner can keep a fence on the shoulder of the Georgetown Branch Trail. The outcome will determine whether the MTA will need to use eminent domain to build the Purple Line. (Post)

Fannie Mae selling headquarters: Fannie Mae will sell its iconic headquarters on Wisconsin Avenue, along with two other buildings, and consolidate within DC. The three properties are worth $172 million, according to DC property records. (City Paper)

A new Ward 5: Ward 5 has long complained about being DC's dumping ground. A plan unveiled this week envisions a new future for the ward while recognizing the needs of the industrial businesses in the neighborhood. (City Paper)

Stop blocking the streetcar: Parked cars on H Street are proving to be a problem along the streetcar route. Since streetcar testing began, the Department of Public Works has issued 143 tickets and towed eight cars for blocking the tracks. (WAMU)

Howze outlines streetcar improvements: Alan Howze, the Democrat running for Arlington County Board, outlined five ways that he would improve the Columbia Pike streetcar. Howze reiterated his support for a referendum on the streetcar. (ArlNow)

Bike lanes over car dependence: Downtown Pittsburgh has very little room for more car traffic. Instead of catering to cars, the city will begin building bike lanes to reduce car dependence. (Streetsblog)

Massive sprawl in Belgium: How did Belgium become the most congested country in Europe? Massive sprawl, a poor road network, and auto-centric policies in general are to blame, and there are few feasible solutions to fix the problem. (The Guardian)

And...: Former City Council candidate Jeff Smith will serve 60 days in jail for a false campaign finance filing. (DCist) ... The Memphis Airport is attempting to become an aerotropolis. (CityLab) ... To improve air quality, India's Health Minister wants to build bike lanes. (Streetsblog)

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Breakfast links: RFK 2.0 coming?


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New NFL stadium coming?: Dan Snyder mentioned in an interview that his organization has begun planning a Fedex Field replacement. He hopes to evoke RFK with a "retro" design, but gave no indication of a location for the new stadium. (WBJ)

More FBI workers in MD: A previously unreleased Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development report found that 43.2% of FBI employees reside in Maryland. Could this send the new headquarters to Maryland? (Post)

Purple Line not a threat: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes the Purple Line will not impact any endangered or threatened species. This is contrary to the opinion of a group of citizens who sued the Federal government this week. (City Paper)

"High rise" elementary opens: Significant crowding at a Fairfax County elementary school meant expansion was necessary, but county officials moved half the school to a nearby office building, instead of a traditional elementary campus. (WTOP)

Woodbridge to Tysons bus a goner?: The Tyson's OmniRide bus may not survive a transition to county funding. Ridership was lower than expected, with an average of 18 riders per bus each day. (Potomac Local)

Use the poor door, please: Officials in New York are demanding an end to the so-called "poor door" policy. The "poor door" refers to a separate entrance for income-controlled units in luxury buildings. (NYTimes)

Balancing bikeshare boggles brains: As many as thirty researchers are investigating the problem of how best to balance bikeshare stations for optimum usage. Even using various algorithms, the problem is extremely complex. (CityLab)

And...: A Kennedy is running for office in DC, for ANC in Foggy Bottom. (Post) ... Alexandria's retired planning director looks back on her time in office. (Alexandria Times) ... Eight new bikeshare stations opened in Alexandria last week. (WashCycle)

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Breakfast links: Big money


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Baltimore's big gamble opens: The Horseshoe Casino opened on Tuesday. It is Maryland's fifth casino, and state and local leaders hope to use gambling revenue to revitalize the city and ease unemployment. (Post)

Metro settles suit: Metro will pay $5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit, which revealed that the agency awarded a $14 million no-bid contract and fired an employee for speaking out. Metro did not admit wrongdoing, however. (WAMU)

DASH bus improvements: Besides the Metroway, Alexandria is seeing many new improvements to its DASH bus system. Among them are a new crosstown route, better Saturday service, and extended King Street Trolley hours. (Red Brick Town, Scott A)

Let kids walk: Petula Dvorak lets her kids walk to the corner store and go unsupervised for other summer activities. Unfortunately, not all kids in the DC area live in neighborhoods with wide sidewalks and easily accessible amenities. (Post)

A council divided: The DC Council is divided on what to do with the reconstruction of the Virginia Ave. CSX tunnel, particularly whether the project should be postponed until a completed comprehensive rail study. (Post)

CaBi signs in Bethesda: Montgomery County has installed new wayfinding signs for cyclists in downtown Bethesda with icons for CaBi and Metro stations. (TheWashCycle)

McMillan building trimmed: A medical building at the McMillan site will be shorter, along with other changes based on concerns from the Zoning Commission. The revised site plans also include transportation improvements and community benefits. (WBJ)

And...: It's a Metro tradition to give away pennants at new station and line openings. (Post) ... Fortune tellers in Front Royal may soon be able to operate legally. (WBJ) ... Scientists are hoping to connect with people emotionally on climate change. (CityLab)

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Breakfast links: Back to school


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Welcome back: School began in DC and Maryland on Monday. DCPS enrollment has increased steadily since 2008, though charter school enrollment has increased at nearly 5 times the pace. (City Paper)

Catania against school reassignment: David Catania vows to delay implementation of school boundary changes until at least 2016. He argues that the plan moves students to lower performing schools without support for school improvement. (City Paper)

Silver linings: Ridership is down 6% on Fairfax Connector compared to last August. But Fairfax Metrorail boardings are up 28% and park-and-ride usage is up 15%, suggesting a shift toward the Silver line rather than a decline in public transit use. (Post)

Driverless in DC: Driverless cars are often touted as the future, but how does one handle DC-area streets? While some features could come to cars in a few years, a completely automated car is probably a decade or so away. (Post)

Tree removal tiff: Pepco wants to remove several 100-year-old trees from private properties in Potomac, citing an agreement made with the city in the 1950s. Residents are fighting it, but Pepco says it's necessary to maintain reliable service. (Gazette.net)

Tiny homes in DC: Proposed zoning regulations to limit camping in alleys threaten three tiny homes on trailers in Edgewood. The OP says concerns with sanitation led to the recommendation. (UrbanTurf)

Engaged renters: As home ownership declines, a survey in Philadelphia found that renters are more engaged in their communities than previously thought. Some city officials think the shift toward rentals is a sign of the city's increasing desirability. (Streetsblog)

Storage for the homeless: Vancouver and San Diego maintain storage units for the homeless. The units allow individuals to attend to needs, like medical appointments and job interviews, without the burden of protecting their possessions. (CityLab)

And...: Metro is adding five articulated buses per hour on the crowded 16th Street lines. (WAMU) ... DDOT funded signpost animal art that can be found around Capitol Hill. (Post) ... Dupont Circle residents with sound meters get the ABC board to limit one bar's music. (CityPaper)

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Breakfast links: Know your history


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The day the city burned: British forces invaded the District and burned the Capitol, White House, Navy Yard and other buildings 200 years ago, after an inept defense at Bladensburg. Renewed patriotism later built support for the capital. (Post, JDLand)

The Beltway's golden: The Capital Beltway had its grand opening 50 years ago, with the ceremony causing a traffic jam. Though some things have not changed, there are many fewer deaths, even as the number vehicles of has risen dramatically. (Post)

More affordable than we thought?: A new study finds that DC is the second most affordable city for low-income earners, after San Francisco. The study takes into account transportation costs, putting older, denser cities ahead in the rankings. (Post)

Historic districts are not the problem: Do historic districts increase the cost of housing by limiting development? In one case where older houses just outside a historic district were replaced with an apartment building the resulting rent was still high. (RPUS)

The show will go on: A judge is allowing musicians to continue performing outside Metro entrances, while a lawsuit on the legality of playing for tips on Metro property continues. WMATA bans the practice, labeling it a commercial activity. (Post)

Subway bag check: Hong Kong allows air passengers to check in their bags at downtown subway stations, rather than hauling them to the airport. Would you use such a bag check if it accompanied Phase 2 of the Silver Line? (CityLab)

Scaling up urban farming: Although urban farms are closer to consumers, distributing the food has not been easy. However, several new companies are using technology to cut waste and beat the supermarket on convenience and cost. (CityLab)

And...: Is UNESCO's World Heritage City designation petrifying cities by stifling new developments and driving out locals (Domus) ... DDOT has proposed a minor change to the visitor parking program. (City Paper) ... The H Street streetcar derailed as part of an emergency drill. (WTOP)

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Breakfast links: School boundaries change


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New school boundaries set: Mayor Gray accepted new school boundaries for the 2015-2016 school year that will impact more than a third of DC students. The new plan, the first overhaul in 40 years, is not supported by the leading mayoral candidates and will likely be put on hold. (Post, WTOP)

Who's affected by school plan?: View a complete breakdown to see which areas of DC are the most affected by the changes. Students in third grade or higher will have the option to remain in the current set of schools through high school. (City Paper)

Cabs coming in underserved areas?: The DC Taxi Commission is looking to launch a fixed-rate cab service that just serves Wards 7 and 8. Current cab drivers protested, stating the service would be redundant. (City Paper)

Miles of new bike lanes: DDOT announced 7.5 miles of new bike lanes have been built since the beginning of the year, including the first bike lanes in Ward 8. DC is more than halfway to its goal of 14 new miles of lanes this year. (Post)

Mini-park coming to Dupont: DC is planning to build a small park on an 850-square-foot concrete slab south of Dupont Circle. The park will feature kinetic pavers that turn footsteps into electricity. (WBJ)

Go-go to new Chuck Brown Park: The Chuck Brown Memorial Park will be dedicated and opened to the public today inside Langdon Park. The park features an open space for impromptu performances and large photos of the musical star. (Post)

Silver Line loan: WMATA MWAA formally secured a low-interest $1.28 billion loan from the USDOT for construction of the financially-plagued second phase of the Silver Line. (The Hill)

Transit commuters are healthier: To no one's surprise, a recent study found that commuters who walk, bike, or use transit have less body fat than commuters who drive. (Streetsblog)

And...: The Dulles Toll Road is scrapping "exact change only" lanes for more EZPass lanes. (WBJ) ... To get sinkholes filled, residents are tweeting pictures to DDOT of children inside the sinkholes. (Post) ... Think cycling in DC is hard now? Check out this DC biking guide from 1982. (City Paper)

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Breakfast links: 1991's Ferguson in DC


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Is Mt. Pleasant Ferguson?: Former Mayor Sharon Pratt compared the 1991 Mt. Pleasant riots to the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri. In that case, a police offer shot a man who had been drinking in public, and days of unrest followed. (WAMU)

The circle of opposition: Some residents of Westover Place, a development near American University, are opposed to a new "east campus" dorm. Westover Place itself, ironically, was originally opposed by Wesley Heights residents. (City Paper)

No cars on new Portland bridge: A new bridge in Portland, due to open in 2015, will carry no private automobiles. The bridge will carry MAX light rail trains, Portland's streetcars, city buses, and have pedestrian and bike travel lanes. (CityLab)

FHWA delays CSX tunnel decision: The Federal Highway Administration is further delaying a decision on the Virginia Avenue CSX tunnel. At the earliest, a decision will be made September 15th. (Post)

Revitalization starts with Whole Foods: There's a new Whole Foods in downtown Columbia. The new grocery store is a first step into redeveloping Columbia's Town Center, an ongoing project. (Baltimore Sun)

Eden Center tenants sue landlord: Tenants at the famed Eden Center in Falls Church have sued their landlord over conditions at the shopping center. Shop owners complain of leaking walls, sewage backups, trash problems, potholes, and high rents. (Post)

Minimum service standards needed: Yonah Freemark argues that transit agencies nationwide are opening rail lines with service that isn't frequent enough. Many lines offer only two or three trains per hour at off peak times. (Transport Politic)

And...: Some Silver Line riders are giving mixed reviews for their new commutes. (WAMU) ... WMATA will have to pay the Federal Government $4.2 million because it awarded a contract non-competitively. (WBJ) ... Same-sex marriage was going to be legal in Virginia as of this morning, but the Supreme Court delayed the decision. (WTOP)

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Breakfast links: Home expensive home


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Cheap housing hard to find: New apartment buildings are springing up all over DC, but it can still be difficult to find a cheap apartment. There are a number of reasons why, including policies that make it complicated to use subsidies for low-income renters. (Post)

DC kids not cheap: It costs over $340,000 to raise a child in DC from birth to age 18. That makes it the eighth-most expensive place to raise kids in the US. (WAMU)

Brookland Metro developer chosen: Metro has chosen a developer for the Brookland-CUA station. The winning proposal included the highest number of residential units out of all the bids. (WBJ)

Loudoun locks development: In fast-growing Loudoun County, one couple ran into a roadblock on their plans to sell their property to a developer. The county says that it needs more commercial rather than residential development. (WBJ)

Delivery for the few: Uber is offering a new curbside delivery service in DC, but only to predominately white neighborhoods. Is this a new form of redlining? (Think Progress, Thad)

Metro ready for FBI: Whether the new FBI facility locates in Springfield, Landover, or Greenbelt, Metro says it's ready to handle the new passenger demand. Locating in Greenbelt would generate the highest number of new riders. (PlanItMetro)

Corcoran independent no more: A DC judge has cleared the way for the Corcoran Gallery to merge with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. A group of Corcoran students, staff, and others had fought to stop the merger. (Post)

Restaurant gardens bear fruit: DC area chefs are saving money by cultivating rooftop gardens. The initial investment cost can be high, but restaurants see the benefits of freshness and access to rare ingredients. (WBJ)

And...: France's BlaBlaCar is making carpooling easy while not annoying taxi companies. (Bloomberg) ... To solve problems in Ferguson, should St. Louis City and St. Louis County consolidate? (CityLab) ... Famous works of art are appearing around the DC area. (Post)

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Breakfast links: Rails and trails


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Tysons growing up: Since Silver Line construction began in 2008, over 1.5 million square feet of commercial space has been built within half a mile of the new Metro line. Another 6 million is planned by 2018, a more than 35% increase in 10 years. (Post)

Advocating for grade separation: Without public notice, Montgomery County eliminated a plan to provide a grade separated crossing as part of the Capital Crescent Trail. Cycling advocates objected and now the plan will receive additional engineering evaluation and public input before moving forward. (WAMU)

A case for rails-with-trails: Railroads are hesitant to approve walking and biking routes next to rail because of liability concerns. But such trails reduce trespassing, improve transit access, and are simple to build. (Streetsblog)

Bus status anxiety: How much is rail transit fueled by status anxiety about riding the bus? There's evidence that people associate buses with the poverty and crime of the ghetto. But millennials don't seem to care about status, as long as a route is reliable. (NextCity)

Streamlining trade: Prince George's applied to make the entire county a Foreign Trade Zone, a designation that would defer or eliminate duties and other customs procedures on products manufactured or assembled in the county. (WBJ)

Distracted driving: A new app projects images from your phone onto your windshield to prevent distracted driving. But does the app really limit distraction, or just make it easier to be distracted? (Streetsblog)

1980s gentrification: "Has your neighborhood become 'upscale'?" A quiz that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1985 shows that the public perception of gentrification has changed very little in the past three decades. (CityLab)

And...: A local cyclist injured in a hit-and-run accident writes an open-letter to the driver. (WTOP) ... Buskers can solicit tips near Metro, for now. (DCist) ... The Custis Trail bikeometer has counted 200,000 trips since April 1. (ArlNow)

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