On “The Specter of Condemnation” and America’s Full Metropolises
Austin L. Spriggs declined repeatedly to sell his aging rowhouse on Massachusetts Ave. in norwest Washington, DC to a condo developer. He ultimately held on to his property after it clung to the edge of a massive construction crater four stories deep. A condominium now wraps around the building on three sides and tower above it. Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.
The right not to have one’s property taken for purposes other than “public use” is one of the most basic rights afforded to American citizens in the US Constitution. Eminent domain helped build the public infrastructure that moves and powers ...
DDOT Contemplates M Street Separated Bike Lane Near Baseball Stadium
Looking at M Street, SE from First Street. Flickr photo courtesy of Pak Gwei.
With so much attention focused on the 15th Street protected contraflow bike lane, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that this is just the first of several low cost separated bike lanes that DDOT is looking to install ...
BRT vs. Light Rail: Urban Transit Debate Plays Out
Image couresy of the Washington Post's Laris Karklis.
One of the hottest transportation debates in the region these days relates to the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) envisions a 14-mile transit link roughly following I-270 from the Shady Grove Metro station in Gaithersburg  ...
Priced Out of Housing and Into the Car
Rush hour in Tyson's Corner in Northern Virginia. Photo by mindgutter.
Throughout the current recession, a pattern has been emerging that has fascinated – and sometimes excited – urban planners and policymakers.  Home values in cities and close-in suburbs have been falling less than those in far-flung suburban areas.  (See articles ...
NPR Launches 'On the Road to Safety' Series
TheCityFix just came across this great series that American National Public Radio (NPR) began yesterday. The impetus for the series was the realization that apparently last year saw one of the lowest levels of driving fatalities in nearly 50 years. ...
“Hybrids” Rule Philippines Streets! – Part 1
“Hybrids” Rule Philippines Streets! – Part 1
Originally posted at Air Quality, Climate Change, and Transport: ‘Josephine Guittu ‘drives a Hybrid for living in Manila. In case if you are wondering if he has cracked the “technology” barrier to own a cheap non polluting vehicle then you ...
Carpooling arrives in China
Advertisement for carpool drivers, courtesy of news.sina.com.
As seen on Wired.com, residents piloted a carpooling program in Wuhan – a burgeoning megalopolis in central China with a population of 9.1 million people and almost a million cars.  Initiated as a way to ease traffic congestion and to promote ...
Environmental Defense Fund Starts Transportation blog
Environmental Defense Fund Starts Transportation blog
Be sure to check out EDF’s new blog called Way2Go, which will be exclusively dedicated to transportation for the 21st century. They have a great cast of bloggers, so be sure to follow along as they post over the coming ...
NPR Launches 'On the Road to Safety' Series
NPR Launches 'On the Road to Safety' Series
TheCityFix just came across this great series that American National Public Radio (NPR) began yesterday. The impetus for the series was the realization that apparently last year saw one of the lowest levels of driving fatalities in nearly 50 years. ...
NPR Launches ‘On the Road to Safety’ Series
Photo courtesy of Nelson Hsu, Heather Murphy and Tanya Ballard Brown of NPR.
TheCityFix just came across this great series that American National Public Radio (NPR) began yesterday. The impetus for the series was the realization that apparently last year saw one of the lowest levels of driving fatalities in nearly 50 years. ...