The polluted Anacostia and adjacent federal land create a barrier between neighborhoods. Mayor Bowser should aggressively work to clean up toxins and push to activate and develop underused areas on both sides of the river, write leaders from Ward 7 and 8. (Post)
What’s wrong with Georgetown?
Georgetowners are disappointed in their retail options, like few locally-serving stores and poor quality restaurants. What’s wrong? Most of the customers today are tourists, and the businesses don’t cater to locals. (GM)
DC could build a training center for the Wizards in Shaw on a current dog and skate park by borrowing $30-40 million and paying it back with a tax on Wizards tickets. Officials hope it would entice wealthy players to live in the city. (NBC4)
Is Columbia Pike opposition racist?
North Arlington has long gotten more infrastructure investment than historically black areas south of Route 50. Is that the real reason streetcar opponents say it’s too expensive? (Consortiumnews)
Silver Line, three months in
The Reston-Wiehle station is most popular Silver Line station due to connecting buses and parking, exceeding ridership expectations. Ridership has stayed steady on the Blue Line, despite service cutbacks. (Post)
Vision Zero, meet Emission Zero
More Americans die due to car pollution than due to car crashes. The problem is worse in cities, where the rate is 4-6 times higher. The problem affects the elderly and is more diffuse, so it is difficult to address. (CityLab)
Towers of London
London is fighting over new high-rises. Opponents say they interfere with historic views; supporters say they’re needed to meet housing demand and keep prices from rising even more. (Guardian)