Few seem to know about the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, which is elegant but hard to reach in its odd location. A planned visitors center could help draw more visitors. (City Paper)
A climate change memorial for DC?
A proposed memorial at Hains Point would spread awareness about climate change in an interesting way: a sloped grove would gradually be submerged by the rising waters of the Potomac. (CityLab)
Is the SunTrust plaza “sacred”?
Adams Morgan’s SunTrust bank plaza may be ugly and “horrible,” but amid plans to redevelop it, activists are calling it a “sacred site” where people once stopped a gas station from replacing the bank. (Post)
Purple Line appeal begins
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh filed an appeal against Judge Richard Leon’s flawed ruling blocking the Purple Line based on declining Metro ridership. Leon has 60 days to respond to the appeal. (Sentinel)
Evans says no fare hike
WMATA board chairman Jack Evans says he will block any fare increase in this year’s budget, saying they are already too high. Instead, he thinks local and federal governments need to provide the funding Metro needs. (WTOP)
Get your Tubman & Douglass SmarTrips
New limited-edition SmartTrip cards feature Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, to help celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. (DCist)
Loudoun, bike mecca?
Loudoun County could become more bike-friendly, thanks to a planned “Leesburg Loop” and a number of other projects that will add bike lanes and trails and even remove car lanes from some roads. (LoudounNow)
What Amtrak will buy with $2.45B
A $2.45 billion loan will let Amtrak buy new Acela Express trains, rehab Union Station, rebuild platforms in Baltimore and New Carrollton, upgrade track in Maryland, and much more. (Post)
Students versus homeless tenants
Some Foggy Bottom residents want to see landlords house the homeless in exchange for subsidies, instead of renting to students. Landlords who commented seem unenthused, and students worry it would rob them of housing options. (GW Hatchet)
Here are five things to know about SafeTrack work this week. (WTOP) … The name “Washington, DC” just celebrated it’s 225th birthday. (DCist) … Some Montgomery County teachers want elementary schools to start earlier after the school board implemented later start times last year. (Bethesda Beat)
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