It Takes a Village to…Build a Car?
It Takes a Village to…Build a Car?
Open source technology: Software companies do it. Why not carmakers? Photo via Riversimple. What if you could revolutionize the way cars are designed and built by opening the process up to input from the entire community? That’s exactly what Riversimple ...
Purple Line BRT vs. LRT, Round 2
Today’s post on BRT for the Purple Line seems to have sparked a flurry of anger on Twitter. We’ve got: theoverheadwireAbsolutely not. Trojan toll road RT @TheCityFix: Should Purple Line be BRT? Yes, if done correctly.http://bit.ly/aFpCL theoverheadwire@TheCityFix Not to mention ...
BRT vs. Light Rail for the Purple Line
BRT vs. Light Rail for the Purple Line
UPDATE: BeyondDC informs me by e-mail that, although you wouldn’t know it, this vote implies at the very least that Maryland has a strong preference for light rail, as that’s what the state asked the TPB to model the pollution ...
Montgomery County Moves to Urbanize
Montgomery County Moves to Urbanize
The BeyondDC newsfeed yesterday just blew my mind. Of yesterday’s five headlines, each and every one is about some part of Montgomery County embracing a more sustainable, more urban land use pattern. Let’s go through them one by one: Read ...
CityCenter DC: Density Breeds Sustainability
CityCenter DC: Density Breeds Sustainability
A graphic rendering of the proposed “Central Plaza” of CityCenter DC. Illustration via CityCenter DC. There’s been a lot of big transportation news in the last two days. Between the Purple Line vote and Sec. Ray LaHood and Rep. Jim ...
Treehugger: Top 5 Greenest Cities
Treehugger: Top 5 Greenest Cities
Portland, Oregon is often seen as a sustainable transport success story. Photo by Ben Amstutz. Last week, Treehugger published its list of the world’s top five “greenest” cities to visit, based on…well, the author’s judgment. 1) Portland, Oregon, USA 2) ...
D.C.'s "State of the Air": F
Factory in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Flickr photo by Señor Codo.
Next American City has started a series of stories on local air quality, which is an incredibly important issue. This first post analyzes this years “State of the Air” report, put out by the American Lung Association and points out ...
A Marginally Transportation Related Post
Flickr photo by ojbyrne.
DCist is reporting that Michael Steele supports D.C. voting rights and wants Pres. Obama to put the “Taxation Without Representation” plates on his limousines. Good for him! I could explain how D.C. representation would improve our regional transportation system, but ...
Reduce Car Culture to Increase Access to Healthier Food
Reduce Car Culture to Increase Access to Healthier Food
By reducing parking space requirements, cities can reduce car culture – and encourage the development of healthier grocery stores – in underserved areas. Photo by Wenzday01 Today, the New York Times alerted me to a problem that I had no ...
Purple Line Update: Planning Board Passes Unanimously
Purple Line Update: Planning Board Passes Unanimously
Map via PurpleLineMD.com. Great news today: The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, the region’s federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), unanimously approved the inclusion of the full Purple Line project in the region’s long-term plan. Read more at The ...