King Street residents who oppose bike lanes are continuing to fight the city’s decision to move ahead with a compromise plan. They claim that removing parking while adding bike lanes would be unsafe and compare the battle to the Revolution and Civil War. (Post)
Gentrification is… good?
How much displacement does gentrification cause? Maybe none? A study in Harlem and nationwide found that residents are actually less likely to move out of a gentrifying neighborhood, not more. Does that apply in DC too? (NPR)
DC Water takes a green path
Instead of building huge tunnels to store stormwater, DC Water wants to pay for green infrastructure like green roofs and rain gardens in a large area of the city. Green jobs advocates had pushed for this, so the billions going to water projects could green the city and create jobs. (City Paper)
DC tech tied to public sector
Many tech companies start in DC, but consumer-focused companies usually leave for Silicon Valley or New York. The ones that remain work in public sector fields like education, health, or transportation. (City Paper)
Bike lanes boost business
Protected bike lanes increase business for shops along the route, says a New York study. Stores on 9th Avenue saw a 49% increase in sales, versus an average of 3% for Manhattan generally. (Fast Company)
Help shovel for those who can’t
DC is looking for volunteers to help shovel sidewalk snow for seniors and people with disabilities. They especially need volunteers to help in wards 4, 7, and 8. Can you help?