The city has this nifty new web tool that let’s you check out which streets around D.C. have been plowed. It’s pretty cool to find out that Georgia Avenue NW is passible, for instance, but doesn’t do me much good since my little side street hasn’t seen a plow or even a bucket of salt from city crews. And, if passed years are any indication, we’ll be waiting for a thaw before we’ll be able to get our cars out of the snow bank.
Some people, in fact, are getting a little snippy about the city’s plowing priorities. On the Petworth listserv, one resident took note that the pavement in front of Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s house was looking good – some much plowing action has taken place there that the asphalt is not just visible but nearly dry, she reports. To which, another resident suggests checking out the streets where other city pols live to see if they are pulling down similar clout with DC snowplow crews.
Meanwhile, on the same neighborhood listserv, Roshani Kothari posted links eco-friendly methods of getting rid of the ice and snow. I guess it’s a bit late for all us shut-ins. But I just thought I’d pass them on for next time!
http://www.ecos. com/icemelt. html
http://www.thedaily green.com/ living-green/ blogs/green- products- services/ driveway- ice-environment- 55013001
http://www.amazon. com/Scotwood- Industries- 50B-CLEAN- Clean-Melter/ dp/B001J5QO82/ ref=sr_1_ 23?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1261181797&sr=1-23
http://www.amazon. com/Keep- Green-KIG40- Snow-Melter/ dp/B001E5CUAS/ ref=sr_1_ 1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1261181797&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon. com/Howard- Johnsons- 40Lb-Melter- 9586/dp/B000KL0Y IC/ref=sr_ 1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1261182111&sr=1-1
In Copenhagen, climate negotiations move closer to an accord as the talks head toward the half-way mark, the Washington Post reports.
In Washington, a delegation of area schoolchildren gave a presentation on climate change to youth delegates in Copenhagen via a live feed at a federal building downtown.
The director of one of the world’s biggest cycling events, the Giro d’Italia, met with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty yesterday to discuss plans for Washington to host the start of the 2012 race, the New York Times reports.
Meanwhile, Fenty‘s fraternity brothers – the ones who won the parks & recreation contracts – were called to defend themselves yesterday and insisted their ties to the city administration had nothing to do with their success. Sheesh!
The Park View blog posts on the city’s tree planting plans.
Greater Goods just put out its December newsletter. It’s a bit out of date, listing some events that already took place. But it’s in time to advertise a couple of workshops on “greening” your holiday season including one tomorrow on how to make eco-friendly decorations. Cost: $5. The class calendar hasn’t been updated either, but you can still RSVP by email.
DC Metrocentric went to EcoBuild 09 and has an enthusiastic post about the green building conference at the Washington Convention Center.
Pacific Coast fishermen Say Carbon Dioxide Having ‘Really Scary’ Ocean Effect.
New figures show 10,000 people have died of Swine Flu.
A new study in Sweden has found that high voltage power lines trap cancer-causing pollutants in their electric fields, potentially raising health risks for people who live beneath them.
The Montgomery County Council has voted to back construction of taller buildings and other ways to encourage denser growth in areas around Metro stations and other transportation hubs, WTOP reports.
WTOP also has a new installment in its Fenty-gate reporting – the radio station says that the mayor has used federal Homeland Security SUVs to shuttle him to more than a dozen bike races in the last two years. Beyond whether this is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars, think of the carbon footprint: those SUVs are tremendous gas guzzlers. It just doesn’t look good for the mayor.
WAMU radio has a story suggesting you could get Swine Flu from your pet, only to couch that declaration by adding that it’s much more common to get the H1N1 virus from another person. The story goes on to quote a veterinarian urging people to hug their dogs regularly, only to point out such close contact is not necessarily a good idea if the pet is coming down with the flu. The upshot: should we be afraid of our germ-carrying mascots? It’s hard to say from this story!
DC Streets blog has a piece on the Brookings Institution’s Alice Rivlin, who served as budget director for the Clinton Administration. Rivlin supports moving the country to “congestion pricing,” a twist on road tolls in which drivers are charged more during rush hour to get into urban areas with the most traffic gridlock. Experiments are underway in several cities around the globe, most notably London. New York City, however, is among the metropolises that have dissed the idea.
Meanwhile, Greater Greater Washington has a post on a new iPhone app that promises to do a better job than the folks at Metro of estimating when the Circulator bus will arrive at your stop.
WaPo reports that the Arts Place and another large NE development received preliminary approval at Monday night’s DC Zoning Board meeting. The Arts Place project, located near the Fort Totten Metro station, could pay environmental dividends by encouraging more Metro usage and less driving.
First, the sad news that a bicyclist was fatally hit by a Bladensburg police car over the weekend. Here’s the WaPo story.
Speaking of bike safety, Borderstan offers a photo montage of street signs added along side the new 15th St. NW bike lane.
Meanwhile, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has a little problem on his hands thanks to his bicycling passion. Surely some District residents are overjoyed that their mayor has a healthy passtime for blowing off steam and maintaining his personal “sustainablity,” unlikely some … ehr, previous office holders, but should DC taxpayers be saddled with the bill for Fenty’s police escort? It doesn’t look good for the mayor, coming as it does after pool-o-gate, in which city officials installed a heater in the city outdoor pool where Fenty happens to swim.
Urban Places and Spaces offers a more policy-centric take on the mayor-on-a-bike phenomenon.
Given the recent bike fatality, you may ask: is it safer to walk than peddle? WaPo reports today that the DC region has received only middling marks in pedestrian safety from the just released national “pedestrian safety index.”
Here’s a link to the index.
Speaking of where DC pedsters should fear to tread, the City Fix has this post on pedestrian peril at U Street & Florida Avenue. NW
Finally, Frozen Tropics has this sink bomb buried halfway down the page in a post about the ANC 5B meeting last week: “a broken sewer line in the National Arboretum. It turns out that this line broke 6 months ago, but there was no public notice, and it was leaking raw sewage directly into a tributary of the Anacostia River. WASA repaired the break, but another break occurred recently. Again, there was no public notice of this sewer line break.”