The line is open. It's hot. But you knew that.
* DECORATION DAY: The photo from Mount Holly reminds me of a good article in New York Times today about the origins of Memorial Day as a day of grave marking for those killed in the Civil War. Several places in the U.S. claim origination of the idea.
* RIVERFEST CONTINUES: It continues to be swarmed. The coolest way to enjoy it is to check out Brian Chilson's photos on Facebook, from flying dogs to corndog lovers.
* WALKING INCREASES YOUR PROPERTY VALUES: A rising interest in return to core cities from suburbs turns out to be a wise investment. In some places anyway. Article in NY Times says the most valuable real estate is at "walkable urban locations."
Mariela Alfonzo and I just released a Brookings Institution study that measures values of commercial and residential real estate in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, which includes the surrounding suburbs in Virginia and Maryland. Our research shows that real estate values increase as neighborhoods became more walkable, where everyday needs, including working, can be met by walking, transit or biking. There is a five-step “ladder” of walkability, from least to most walkable. On average, each step up the walkability ladder adds $9 per square foot to annual office rents, $7 per square foot to retail rents, more than $300 per month to apartment rents and nearly $82 per square foot to home values.
ALSO: New York is about to embark on a masssive city bike rental program. Little Rock? Too many hills?
* LITTLE ROCK FILMMAKER JEFF NICHOLS DOES GOOD: The reviews are starting to come in for "Mud," the film by Little Rock's Jeff Nichols, shown at Cannes. Looking good for this movie filmed in Arkansas. From the Guardian:
Screening right at the end of the festival, Jeff Nichols's film Mud made an urgent late bid for the Palme d'Or. An atmospheric thriller and coming-of-age tale set on a slow bend in the Mississippi river, Mud has the look and feel of an American indie classic. It is a surefire best picture nominee at next year's Oscars and likely to win some kind of award at Cannes, receiving the warmest applause of the festival at its morning press screening.