Arundel Mills near Baltimore and rural Frederick’s future. Photo by jtcoleman on Flickr.

14th in chains: Ryan Avent weighs in on local businesses and chains: “The biggest impediment to entrepreneurship in the District ... is probably the city’s nasty habit of requiring 14 difficult-to-get permits to do anything business oriented,” he wrote.

“Isn’t Maryland supposed to be the Smart Growth state?” BeyondDC asks that question as Frederick County approves a huge outlet mall, which will further spur auto-dependent sprawl way, way outside the Beltway (especially if the ICC is built).

And Rosapepe doesn’t care: Speaking of the ICC, a group of Maryland sutudents unsuccessfully lobbied state Senator Jim Rosapepe, who claims to be an environmentalist but won’t support efforts to defund the ICC.

Freeways bad part LXXVIII: Next American City summarizes the arguments against urban freeways and nationwide efforts to replace the worst with boulevards.

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.