Complete Streets in Congress: Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) has reintroduced legislation requiring state DOTs to follow Complete Streets principles when using federal dollars for construction. Transportation for America has a form letter you can fill out to contact “your representative and senators, asking them to support the Complete Streets Act of 2009 by becoming a co-sponsor today.” A similar bill was introduced in 2008, but it appears to have never made it out of committee.
DC Potholepalooza 2009: Yes, that’s the official name for Fenty’s “month-long campaign to encourage residents and commuters to phone in, go online, twitter or email requests for pothole repairs.” (Tip: Paul S.)
Cook wins by a hair: Republican John Cook has won the Braddock district seat in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors by “89 votes out of more than 13,000 cast,” defeating Democratic challenger Ilryong Moon. Cook’s platform generally reflects the pattern of the residents of the civic association of which he was a director, calling for the elimination of group houses, continued construction of HOT lanes, and additional BRT routes. (Post)
Purple Line trash talk: Did “Save the Trail” supporters actually trash the trail during their anti-Purple Line rally last weekend? (Finish the Trail) … One Columbia Country Club rail opponent claims that no blue-collar people work in Bethesda … Post readers chime in on the Purple Line debate.
Stimulus notables: President Obama has signed into law the stimulus legislation, awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to the region. Some funding includes money for the Silver Line, the Frederick Douglas Bridge, new Metro rail cars, MARC improvements, along with a bevy of other beneficiaries like the DC Public Schools. Somewhat controversially, the DC voucher program lost out. Also, PG County laments that it’s not succeeding in getting as many stimulus dollars from the state, with one delegate complaining that “it’s very evident and clear that this is about politics.” Apparently PG’s highest priorities aren’t shovel-ready. (Post, Gazette)
Clang, clang, Columbia Pike: The Columbia Pike streetcar project, though not advanced enough for stimulus funds, is set to receive $3 million of local funds for preliminary design and environmental planning. In a perfect world, construction could start in 2011. (Sun Gazette) The Arlington board will vote Saturday, and anti-streetcar forces are likely to turn out to try to oppose the project.
Chicago icon to change names: The Sears Tower, the tallest building in the western hemisphere, which hasn’t housed an employee of its eponymous previous user since 1992, will be changing its name to the Willis Tower. Apparently we’ve left the era where iconic skyscrapers named for their corporate benefactors keep their names long after the tenants have changed. (Tip: Jaime)
And: Business leaders unite in support of new “Science [Edge] City” between Gaithersburg and Rockville (Gazette)… Statistics on how urban-core neighborhoods have seen a revival in construction, nationally, in the past few years (USA Today)… Germantown goes affordable, if it wasn’t quite there yet already (DCmud).