Breakfast links: This isn’t your average Pride weekend

Capital Pride has a different feel in 2017

The Capital Pride festival started as a small, unified event in 1975. But this year, some members of the LGBT community are objecting to what they say is increasing corporatization and marginalization of people of color and poor people. The Trump administration’s hostility toward the gay community also begs the question: celebration, or protest?  (Matt Cohen / City Paper, Marc Fisher / WAMU, Justin Wm. Moyer / Post, Ashley Dejean / Mother Jones)

Does architecture for security agencies reflect how scared we are?

Our region is home to many architectural styles, including a unique subset of buildings designed for intelligence and national security agencies. These structures are great for agencies like the NSA because they’re essentially fortresses, but they sure are foreboding.   (Kriston Capps / City Lab)

Pay more for paid leave, Cheh says to DC workers

DC Councilmember Mary Cheh wants employers and employees to split the cost of the payroll tax that funds paid family leave in DC. Cheh says this is a more fair system, and that it doesn’t violate a law barring the District from taxing out-of-state workers to pay for paid leave.  (Tina Reed / Business Journal)

Students say Uber and Lyft should supplement Arlington bus service

Could Arlington lean on Uber and Lyft to ease congestion in the county? Students at George Mason argue that in places where ART buses get low ridership, the county should pay for half a commuter’s ride hailing fare. There’s a program in Florida that does something similar.  (Brooke Giles / Arlington Now)

Alabama Avenue SE could get a bike lane

Cyclists rejoice! A bike lane could be on the way for Alabama Avenue in wards 7 and 8. The lane would connect commercial areas to the Metro while eliminating at least one traffic lane. DDOT is still taking comments on four plans for the project.  (Garret Hennigan / Washington Area Bicycle Association)

Amazon is expanding in Herndon

Amazon Web Services will open a new campus in Herndon, promising to bring up to 1,500 jobs to the local economy. The company has a deal with the state where it will receive $7,000 for every new job it creates beyond the 600th.  (Drew Hansen / Business Journal)

Prince George’s is a profitable place to flip houses

Flipping houses in Prince George’s County is extremely profitable, and of the homes sold there in 2017, 12.3% were flips. The last recession brought a decline in house flipping, but it’s now seeing a resurgence.   (Andy Medici / Business Journal)

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