Mayor Gray thinks a 2024 Olympics could be good for DC by bringing transportation infrastructure and housing which could be converted to affordable housing. (Post)
Don’t put fear first
Tom Sherwood argues that a bigger Capitol security zone is a bad idea; while security people say “safety first,” we can’t be so paralyzed with fear that we lose freedom and openness. (Current)
Stay cool on Metro
If you want a cool Metro commute, avoid the 5000 series cars, many of which have AC problems. If you get a hot car, report it and move. (Post)
Why the resistance to larger boundaries?
Parents whose kids are already in high-demand schools (and thus won’t be hurt by any boundary changes) are nevertheless fighting to stop any boundary changes which might bring more kids into the high-demand schools. Why is that? (City Paper)
Silver Spring gets connected
An 800-foot road connection near Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring will go forward. Residents say it will draw cut-through traffic, but the road already got traffic calming which has slowed down cars. (Gazette)
Not preserved in Chevy Chase
A 100-year-old house in Chevy Chase was torn down despite neighbor offers to buy it to preserve it. Will this spur residents to support a historic district which they previously turned down? (PoPville)
Now change the name?
The Washington football team lost some trademark protection for its controversial name; a USPTO board canceled the trademark registration for being offensive. The team will appeal. (City Paper)
Goats help landscape vacant lots
One farmer wanted to use his goats in Detroit to graze on overgrown vacant lots. He hoped it would engage residents and help revitalize the area but the program ended since raising animals is not allowed in the city. (NPR)