Wednesday, September 01, 2010
(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) Car dealerships, as downtown businesses go, aren't great neighbors. They bring grease-stained service centers, and large, open asphalt lots to blocks. At night, they turn strips of development into dark, foot traffic-free areas. Adding something like that to Washington D.C. would be unthinkable, you might think. This city guards its scenic vistas and grand avenues like some grizzlies guard their cubs.
So then why is the D.C. Mayor's office not only supporting but also facilitating a car company's bid to open a dealership on K and 11th Streets NW - right in the heart of downtown D.C., just a few blocks from the White House?
Friday, July 23, 2010
(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) Numbers don't lie, but statistics often do. Take this one, for example: Around 10 percent of federal employees across the country telecommute at least once a week, according to a survey released this week by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board.
Ten percent - sounds reasonable, right?
That number is essentially an average. And, as my college statistics professor was fond of saying, if Bill Gates walks into a bar, everyone in that bar suddenly becomes a billionaire, on average. In other words, averages can be misleading.
And that's especially true for this figure.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) Metro, the D.C. area's embattled transit agency, needs new rail cars. Bad.
A third of its fleet of more than 1,100 cars have been in use since Metro trains began running -- that was in 1976. Even before last year's deadly train crash, federal safety regulators declared these 34-year-old cars unsafe. Apparently, they are prone to severe "telescoping" - crumpling upon impact - when involved in a crash.
For years, Metro tried to replace these aging cars - as the National Transportation Safety Board had urged it to - but couldn't shore up the funding.
But in late May of this year,