Concept sketch from LCOR proposal for the Tenley-Friendship library. Via ODMPED.

Cheh comes out against Tenley library plan: NIMBYs and smart growth advocates have common ground on the LCOR development proposal for the Tenley-Friendship Library: they all hate it. A mixed-use building with housing and shops along with a library is a good idea for that high-traffic corner, but sources who know about the proposal say it’s a bad one, and Councilmember Mary Cheh agrees. “I am completely for transit-oriented development,” said Cheh in the article, adding, “I’m keeping my fingers crossed” that a better plan can emerge.

How about wider sidewalks? Steve Hagenbuch asks this in a letter printed in the Post. U Street’s sidewalks are way too narrow. Hagenbuch’s solution: take away some on-street parking. In fact, DDOT plans to do this in a small strip on U around Tabaq, where the stairways stick way out into the sidewalk, but not around 17th Street, the area Hagenbuch is talking about.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.