Fighting Maryland’s Luddism: Legislators and constituents have organized a Facebook campaign to overturn the Maryland General Assembly’s recent ban on using Facebook.
DC, on the other hand: While Maryland is shunning technology, the DC Library launched an iPhone application for people to search the catalog and request books for pickup at their nearest branch.
Street (View) art: When Google Street View shot one Pittsburgh alley, performance artists staged a street parade, marathon and more. That’s part of a new exhibit, “Public/Private”, at the Arlington Arts Center. Via Kelso Cartography.
So sensible it’s actually happening: The buses, like Bolt Bus and Megabus, that currently load at the side of the street downtown will move to the old Convention Center site. This is such a sensible (temporary) solution that the first commenter suggested it when we covered this issue in June.
Living farther is expensive: A new report by the Urban Land Institute finds that living in distant counties is much more expensive when including transportation costs. Arlington is actually the region’s most affordable county, the report finds, with housing plus transportation only consuming 39% of the average household’s expenses, compared to 50% in Prince William County and more in Spotsylvania and Fauquier.
Too onerous? A Columbia Heights coffeeshop isn’t expanding because “the permitting process was just way too cumbersome.” Speaking of beverage establishments, a taxi crashed into Solly’s Tavern on U Street late Friday night, injuring six, but they’re already open again.
From the Streetsblog Network: San Francisco is planning a bike sharing program that is way too small; Eight Arizona state
legislatures legislators introduced a bill to allow cyclists to slow down but not stop entirely at stop signs.
Plus ça change: Transportation officials across the nation were hoping for change in the White House; Rethink College Park discussed how Maryland’s Smart Growth law didn’t really work; transportation finance experts discussed the merits of a VMT charge versus the gas tax.