O’Malley announces $650 million in transportation funding for Prince George’s

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley joined Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to announce a $650 million investment in transportation improvements for the county. The funding will help create about 4,000 jobs – and it is aimed at luring the FBI to the county.

“If we want to create jobs,” O’Malley said, “if we want to alleviate traffic, we have to be willing to make the investments.”

The largest chunk of the money ($280 million) is dedicated to the Purple Line. The smallest amount (which is $0.00) is dedicated to high-speed Segway lanes.

Related: Two weeks ago, Rushern Baker wrote a piece for the Daily about Prince George’s County’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative and the need for heightened collaboration in the county. (Daily, 6/27)

ARTS | Have you heard about The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region’s Gallery for Good? It’s a really cool way that a non-arts funder is supporting the arts. Rebekah explains in today’s Daily:

At WRAG, we talk a lot about how philanthropy goes “beyond dollars” in reference to the creative ways that grantmakers have an impact beyond simply cutting checks. As we document in our report of the same name, going beyond dollars can be as complex as creating funding collaboratives or launching public-private partnerships. But sometimes, going beyond dollars can be as simple as displaying beautiful art on your office walls.

HOUSING | Yesterday, we led with a story about the failures of the Temple Courts affordable housing project near the Capitol. City Paper’s Aaron Wiener has a great piece on the lessons learned from the project – and how they can be applied in the future (CP, 7/8):

In the short term, every project sucks, no matter the eventual benefits…In the long term, these projects are probably for the best…But it’s in the medium term that a project is made or broken. Is the necessary displacement during construction as quick and painless as it could be? Do all the residents who were promised the ability to return to the improved buildings on the land where they once lived actually get to move back?

– D.C. Council Member David Catania planned a number of public hearings to solicit input about his education proposals. As the Post tells it, the proposals “haven’t yet stirred enough passion to draw throngs to the Wilson Building in the dog days of July.” The paper does detail the reactions from those who were drawn, despite the dog days. (WaPo, 7/9)

– What can the District expect from the new president of the Washington Teachers Union, Elizabeth Davis? According to Greater Greater Education, “a more militant stance.” Here’s a look at what that could mean…no wait, wrong word…what that could mean for education reform. (GGE, 7/8)

NONPROFITS | Opinion – About High Fundraising Costs: It’s Complicated (Chronicle, 7/8)

I finally finished season four of Arrested Development last night. Despite some misgivings about how cynical the show has become, I thought it was a brilliantly constructed season. Anyway, the closing credits song on that last episode is really catchy – Boomerang by Lucy Schwartz.