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Make VA Gov. Candidates Talk About Sustainable Transportation
Virginia State Capitol. Photo by Synthetic Dreamer.

Virginia State Capitol. Photo by Synthetic Dreamer.

The Post has both an article and an editorial today comparing Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell’s transportation plans. These are good, informative documents, providing more political context, though less detail, than TheCityFix DC’s write-up of the candidates’ transportation plans. Most importantly, the Post doesn’t discuss the very real gap between the two candidates when it comes to discussing smart growth.

The reason that I want to highlight this, though, is that Virginia is, as far as I know, literally unique in having transportation as a major campaign issue. This is a place where the sustainable transportation and smart growth communities have a chance to really help drive the conversation we are having to the statewide level in a matter of months or even weeks. When the Post’s subheadline for their transportation editorial is “How the gubernatorial candidates dodge the main issue,” we have an opening. Anyone who lives in Virginia should get in touch with progressive and conservative Virginia blogs alike and start to set the terms of the debate.

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  • Noah Mamis

    In this year’s race it is less of an issue, but transportation for obvious reasons also becomes a central issue in most gubernatorial elections in New Jersey. In 2001, for example, tolls on the Garden State Parkway was the dominant theme.