Some stories you may have missed last week (political edition): Infrastructure council is dismantled before it starts, White House removes bikeshare station, and MTA to alter mosaic display that resembles Confederate flag.
President Donald Trump has ditched plans for an Advisory Council on Infrastructure. Established by executive order on July 19, the panel would have advised the president on proposed transportation and public works projects. The council had no members other than its two chairmen, New York real-estate developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth. Link to full story in Bloomberg Politics.
The Trump Administration recently asked Capital Bikeshare (DC) to remove the bicycle-sharing station at the White House. The nine-bike dock was installed inside the White House’s security perimeter in 2010 at the request of the Obama administration but did not appear on any maps. Link to full story in Washingtonian.
In response to heightened concerns about Civil War monuments, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) announced plans to alter a mosaic design in the Times Square subway station that resembles a Confederate flag. The design, which shows a blue X on a red field, is meant to symbolize Times Square as the “crossroads of the world.” But enough people have confused the tilework with the stars and bars (despite the absence of stars), that the MTA will alter the design to “avoid absolutely any confusion.” No word on when the MTA will make the changes or what it will cost. Link to full story in The New York Times.
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