A few things from around the Web:

  • We have a payroll tax relief deal as of this morning. My colleague Kenan Fikri analyzed which places would be hurt most if the tax were to go up in January.
  • The giant Columbia River Crossing bridge project for a new I-5 and transit span across the Columbia River contains “one of the first quantitative greenhouse gas analyses ever done at the project level.”
  • Finally, in Aberdeen, Wash. One man’s effort to help the employees of a shuttered diner has resulted in job offers. Customer Glenn Ludwig started the “Grinch Fund” when he learned that the laid off workers were owed back wages.

With that we at the Avenue bid you a peaceful holiday season and a prosperous 2012. Thanks for reading. Posting will be light over the holidays but we’ll be back with more research and analysis on metropolitan America in January.