DC distributed 210,000 new trash and recycling bins last month, and now the old cans are piling up in alleys and vacant lots. Meanwhile, two women who picked up several cans marked “Take Me” were arrested for theft. (Post)
Transit center blues
WMATA and Montgomery County have agreed that beams and girders will have to be reinforced before the Silver Spring Transit Center can open. The additional work will push completion into 2015 and cost $7 million. (Post)
The Show-Me Station?
Missouri’s US Senators have introduced a bill to rename Union Station after President Harry S. Truman (a Missouri native). The CityPaper has has some other ideas, but Delegate Norton will support the change. (DCist)
Montgomery planners would like you to take a survey where you pick one of several pictures for the kind of buildings you think would look best for each neighborhood around downtown Bethesda.
Running from streetcars
Two other Arlington elected officials, Treasurer Frank O’Leary and Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, joined the call for a referendum on the Columbia Pike streetcar project. (Blue Virginia)
A drunk driver who injured a woman in a hit-and-run on Arkansas Avenue will spend over a year in jail, but high-speed driving remains a problem in the area. Traffic-calming recommendations from DDOT, due May 1, are still pending. (WAMU)
Selling public space for private gain
Ever wanted to arbitrage a poorly allocated public resource? A new app lets the current occupant of an on-street parking space auction off their spot in real time before departing. (Uptown Almanac, JohnC) (Tip: JohnC)
Drones of Brookland
Two local realtors trying to raise the profile of Brookland had a brilliant plan: use a drone to take aerial shots. There is a ban on civilian drone flights within 10 miles of DCA, but more UAV hobbyists are taking to the local skies. (WAMU)
Prince George’s planners sign off on MGM’s casino plans, despite residents’ concerns about “garish” lighting. (WBJ) … DC’s human services head is the next to leave the waning Gray administration. (City Paper) … AAA is asking drivers to put down their phones, at least while driving through the I-95 express lane construction zone. (WAMU)
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