The Overhead Wire, which writes about streetcars and light rail nationwide, argues that overhead wires are not as intrusive as people assume, and that Congress should remove the restriction on wires in DC that is blocking a streetcar network.
GOOD creates a cute diagram of transit cuts evocative of the NYC subway map. On the blog, they wonder if transit fare cards could ever work like E-ZPass, where you could use the same device on systems from Boston to Washington and beyond? (Rob P.)
Dc changes mind on CFSA move, imperils Ward 7 project
Many Ward 7 residents were enthusiastic about the planned move of DC’s Child and Family Service Agency to the Benning Road area, and its potential to catalyze development there. Now, the agency may move elsewhere instead, jeopardizing at least the project it would have anchored and potentially more. (Capital Community News, Sylvia Brown) Neighbors and the developers argue that DC is putting the short-term costs of leases over the long-term benefits to the city, while others, like Richard Layman, doubt the wisdom of moving city agencies as an economic development strategy. (Tip: Sylvia Brown)
Are Virginia counties hoarding education stimulus money?
The stimulus allocated lots of money for education, but Robley Jones argues that some Virginia counties are spending it on general budget needs instead of actually giving the money to their school districts.
Still not inclusionary, again
Another DC Register is out, and Mayor Fenty still hasn’t published inclusionary zoning regulations, 70 days after the Council absolutely, finally, positively required it and two weeks after his administration promised the regs.
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