Huge garage better than daytime neighborhood activity?
CakeLove, located just two blocks from Metro and whose business thrives thanks to the many residents and workers in the area, advocated tearing down the Reeves Center to replace it with a giant parking garage. The daytime office workers in that building patronize area businesses and help keep them successful, especially the non-bars; if anything, 14th Street needs more daytime activity. They’re still linking to this article from their directions page, which also encourages people to double park. How about advocating for some 15-minute restricted parking or performance-based parking, which would really help their business? (Geoff H, Melissa) (Tip: Geoff H.)Twitter
DC, MD fix it first; VA widens it first
Smart Growth America evaluated states’ stimulus spending from the first 120 days. DC is spending 41.5% of its share on transit or bike/ped investments, and dedicated 100% of its road budget repairing existing infrastructure rather than adding new capacity. Maryland put only 6.1% to transit/bike/ped, but also used 100% of its road budget for repairs. Virginia, on the other hand, put 5.2% to transit/bike/ped but only 60% of its road budget to repairs, with the other 40% going to building new capacity, despite 54% of its current roads not being in “good” condition. (Gavin Baker) (Tip: Gavin Baker)Twitter
Pedestrian strikes front of fast-moving police cruiser
Last year, a DC police officer driving a cruiser struck and killed a pedestrian; now, the family is suing, claiming police altered the crash scene. Reporter Michael Neibauer notices that the police report used especially ridiculous language, claiming that the pedestrian “ran into the right side of a marked police vehicle” without also mentioning the cruiser’s speed. That’s pretty close to “A person struck a bullet moving in the opposite direction.” (Examiner) Twitter