What does Obama’s win mean for the District? That’s what a lot of local blogs are asking. Politico and Eleanor Holmes Norton suggest not to get expectations too high, at least at first. If he follows Newark mayor Cory Booker’s advice, Obama’s policies will likely help all metropolitan areas, including DC. But whereas JFK (who started the Metro system) had lived here a long time, Obama’s heart is still in the Midwest.
Killing transit is the “public good”? It must be nice to have rich law firm partners in your town. Sidley Austin is donating pro bono legal time to help the Town of Chevy Chase fight the Purple Line, reports the Action Committee for Transit. Chevy Chase has also spent or appropriated at least $500,000 to oppose the line. If your town had a $2 million surplus, it too could spend a lot of money to hurt neighboring communities!
Which is worse, clubs or drugstores? DC Metrocentric looks at the street-killing properties of most clubs, which are lifeless all day and full of blank walls. These are good reasons clubs ought to occupy basements or second floors.
Also: The Montgomery County Council is fast-tracking massive sprawl in Gaithersburg; Georgia Avenue is becoming more commercial, to some controvers; the New York Times is under the ridiculous impression that the small White House inner circle sets DC’s trends.