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* Morning, all. You’ve heard by now the sad fact: Natasha Richardson, versatile actress, mother of two boys, wife and daughter of famous people, died at 45 in a rather freakish accident on a bunny slope. Several of us in the office have bonded over loving Love Actually, in which Liam Neeson plays an alarmingly charming man who’s lost a wife he clearly adores. Richardson’s mother, Vanessa Redgrave, just finished the stage version of Joan Didion‘s The Year of Magical Thinking in which the main character grieves the loss of her daughter. In life, however, they’ll have to deal with the paps and E!. Sending good thoughts.
* Today’s B1 News: Fairfax officials saw the light (or perhaps the taillights) and reversed the boneheaded move to put off, yet again, the widening of I-66 inside the Beltway. Marc Fisher‘s logic sort of prevails. Of course, another required traffic study could take 10 years. Fairfax County supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins, among two who flipped her vote, reports: “This just brings us back to where we were in 2007.” Having traveled that highway to hell every day for two years, I find it sad to understand that another 10-year study counts as progress.
* B3 News: You know when a Brookings man says, “I looked at these numbers and said, ‘Wow!,'” it’s big.
From around the D.C. blogoworld:
* Greater Greater Washington, apparently smarting from my “anti-car” jab yesterday, posts not one, but two entries about cars: one about performance parking in G-town and a thoughtful argument for state-sponsored rest stops (Virginia may close 25 of them).
* And Now, Anacostia has some more fun with PhotoShop, this time putting the paint on the Historic Homeowner Grant Program. Rosie’s Row is looking good and/or better than it did.
* SWDC Blog gets the deets on I Street SW. It’s getting a bike lane and a pedestrian island for the kiddies at Amidon Elementary. Nice!
* RenewShaw takes awhile but answers Jack Evans’ challenge to name buildings the recently increased vacant property tax has sped along to rehab. Remaking Le Slum Historique retorts: “I think I can cite several previously vacant properties (all in the 1500 block of 8th Street) that have changed hands recently and are under rehabilitation currently—-most likely a direct result of the tax and/or tax increase.” Take that, Friends of Jack!