Alexandria didn’t add even one new single-family detached home to its inventory in fiscal year 2016. In fact, only a dozen have been constructed since 2010. New housing has instead gone up in the form of high-density, transit-oriented development. (WBJ) Twitter
Mayor Bowser will meet with the President-elect today. Possible agenda items include DC statehood, how Trump will impact federal workers, legal issues re: Trump’s new hotel, or marijuana legalization. Some hope for common ground by way of infrastructure funding. (Post, Washingtonian) Twitter
Can you hear me (in Metro) now?
After first laying plans to put cell service in tunnels in 2008, Metro has installed the first mile of necessary cable. There’s now service between the Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory stops. (DCist) Twitter
Arlington will likely vote to permanently allow “free-floating” car share programs like car2go. The system has been in Arlington since last October thanks to a temporary pilot program. (UrbanTurf) Twitter
Facebook announced that it will give $20 million toward affordable housing and related programs in the communities that surround its massive campus. The company has been accused of fueling the Bay Area’s housing shortage. (WSJ) Twitter
Is safe, affordable housing for artists possible?
The warehouse that tragically burned down in Oakland last week, killing 30, was also de facto affordable housing for artists. The building was dangerous, but it was also one of the only places the creative community could live affordably. (CityLab) Twitter