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December 6, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Why moving the FBI to Prince George’s is good for the region…More data on shifting demographics…Metro ridership much lower than expected [News, 12.6.12]

REGION | As the federal government debates where to move the FBI headquarters, the Post’s Robert McCartney makes the case that Prince George’s is the right spot (WaPo, 12/6):

First, a Prince George’s site would spur economic development where it’s needed in the less-affluent, eastern part of our region.

Second, a transit-friendly site in Prince George’s would help reduce traffic throughout our area. That’s because a disproportionate share of people live in the east and commute to the west. Moving jobs to the east would help even it out.

FISCAL CLIFF | The Nonprofit Roundtable has aggregated lots of resources and information about sequestration. They have also posted a webinar titled “Sequestration: Contingency Planning for Nonprofits.”

– Metro’s ridership is “significantly lower” this year than the agency projected, causing a $5 million revenue gap in the first quarter of the fiscal year alone. Metro blames higher fares and a decrease in federal transit benefits. Curiously, it doesn’t blame never-ending delays, single-tracking, broken elevators/escalators, and station closures. (Examiner, 12/6)

– If  D.C.’s streetcars ever open on the H Street corridor, the next phase of the project would be to extend the line east of the river. Greater Greater Washington looks at the options. (GGW, 12/6)

DEMOGRAPHICS | The first line of this article summarizes the rest quite well – “The District is becoming younger, whiter and richer as its neighboring suburbs grow more diverse.” (Examiner, 12/6)

GIVING | More news on Giving Tuesday (or #GivingTuesday – good luck saying that out loud). Thanks to the coordinated effort, online donations were up by 42% last week. (Chronicle, 12/6) “Please donate money on hashtaggivingtuesday!”

HOUSING | Do you know about ‘passive houses‘? Well, the District just got its first one and the city’s Housing and Community Development director wants more. (Atlantic, 12/6) ‘Active houses’ have been taking up too much space at the gym, I guess.

NASA has released a spectacular video of our planet’s cities at night, seen from orbit. And Paramount has released a spectacular video of the new Star Trek movie, seen on your computer!

Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow, so I’ll leave you with a little holiday cheer. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots chose a bunch of instruments you might find in a grade school classroom, then chose some grade schoolers, a famous singer, and a Christmas classic. The result should make everyone smile (even the Grinch and Scrooge)!

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