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Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 08/23/2011

DeMorning Links: Streetcars sooner

Only 1.5 more years before something rides on those rails. (Sarah L. Voisin - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Promises, promises: The District Department of Transportation has again revised the timeline for streetcars on H Street NE. It’s now the summer of 2013, which DCist notes is an improvement over the fall of 2013, which in turn was not an improvement over spring 2012, which was the original plan. In the Post, Ashley Halsey reports there are new options for connecting the line’s western end to Union Station, since Amtrak has put the kibosh on the city preference: “One would put the streetcars on the bridge, another would reroute them north to connect with Metro’s Red Line at the New York Avenue station and the third would be a variation on the original but the streetcars would turn around under the railroad tracks rather than connecting to Union Station on the west side.” Housing Complex has maps.

In other news:

K Street NW’s east end is still a little rough (Post)

Back to school goes off smoothly (Examiner, WaTimes)

Fab pictures of WAMU-FM personalities, then and now (Flickr)

”Why D.C. Council won’t pass real ethics reform” (Examiner)

FINALLY: Columbus Plaza rebuild to begin in coming weeks (Housing Complex)

Is D.C. headed toward a New Orleans-style charter-centric school system? (Post)

Few curbs on constituent service fund spending (Examiner)

Is political consultant Andi Pringle joining the Gray administration? (Loose Lips)

D.C. United would like you to know: “It Gets Better” (DCist)

Capital Bikeshare, now with personalized data (DCist)

Downtown needs more playgrounds — will the National Park Service help? (GGW)

Andrew Breitbart stands up for the District’s anti-SLAPP law (Legal Times)

Hey kids, this is how you use your One Card (TBD)

New at DCPS this year: “Common Core” standards (WAMU-FM)

Because it matters how hot your real estate agent is (Curbed)

Happy retirement to Superior Court Judge Joan Zeldon (Crime Scene, Legal Times)

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