Breakfast links: Electric bikes return to the region — and now they are dockless
Capital Bikeshare e-bikes are back
Electric bikes will be available to rent starting today from Capital Bikeshare. They will cost $1 to unlock and can either be returned to a CaBi station, or for an extra $1 they can be parked like a dockless bike on a street bike rack. (Andrew Giambrone / DCist)
After plateauing COVID-19 cases jump up
On Tuesday Maryland, Virginia, and DC reported 1,184 new cases and 48 deaths from the coronavirus. This spike represents the second-highest daily increase since June 13 and comes on days after the lowest increases recorded since April 3. (Dana Hedgepeth / Post)
Opinion: Let’s keep our new street closures
Street closures for outdoor seating at restaurants and socially distanced recreation should stick around after the coronavirus pandemic subsides in order to provide more transportation options that are not dependent on cars. (Paul Basken / Post)
The new DC budget funds equity programs with higher taxes
In the first of two budget votes, the Council increased some taxes, including one on tech companies, in order to put an additional $60 million towards affordable housing, emergency rental assistance, violence interruption programs, mental health programs, and economic relief for undocumented workers. (Jenny Gathright / DCist)
Takis Karantonis elected in Arlington
Karantonis, the Democratic candidate in the race, won the election to fill the vacant Arlington County Board seat that was held by the late Erik Gutshall. (ARL Now)
Black people are overrepresented in Arlington arrests
Among people arrested by Arlington Police in 2019, just over 50% were Black, while 45% were white or Latino and nearly 65% were not county residents. Arlington County’s population is estimated to be 61% white and only 10% Black.
MoCo considers tax breaks for tall buildings
County Councilmember Hans Reimer proposed an incentive program offering a 5 year break in property taxes to build high-rise construction around Metro stations, which could lead to 8,600 more housing units in the county. (Mike Murillo / WTOP. Tip: Chester B.)
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