Maryland Getting Rid of Farm Stands, Destroying Public Realm
Summer farm stand. Photo by Catskills Grrl.
Roads are public spaces that we built and pay for so that cars and trucks can quickly move people and goods around. That’s true. It’s even a good thing! The kind of mobility that engines give us has radically transformed ...
Make VA Gov. Candidates Talk About Sustainable Transportation
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 ...
When Do We Get Regional Planning?
Planning map in England. Photo by missinginadventure.
One of the problems with transportation policy is that it is bogglingly opaque. The multiplication of planning boards and oversight boards and quasi-public authorities and the immense decision-making power awarded to the bureaucrats in planning and transportation departments make it ...
National Airport a Key Part of D.C.'s Sustainable Transport System
National Airport a Key Part of D.C.'s Sustainable Transport System
It’s been quite wonderful to watch huge swaths of the planning community get suckered by the Manhattan Airport Foundation. This prank, which suggests turning Central Park into an airport, won some utterly serious howls of indignation. It also sparked a ...
Friday Fun: Gridlock Buster
Friday Fun: Gridlock Buster
Via Planetizen, here’s a mostly fun and I think actually educational game from the University of Minnesota where you have to serve as traffic engineer, setting the red and green lights to keep traffic moving smoothly. As has been said, ...
Major New Study: Sustainable Transportation Reduces Emissions While Saving Money
Major New Study: Sustainable Transportation Reduces Emissions While Saving Money
Image from Moving Cooler. If anyone’s not seen it yet, the new Moving Cooler report is destined to be a real landmark moment in United States sustainable transportation. It’s quite rare to see any sort of think tank or government ...
Innovation In A Company Town
Federal Triangle in 1935. Image from Cornell University Library, via Flickr.
2thinknow, an Australian company that sells information about cities, released their list of what they consider to be the 75 most innovative world cities. D.C. ranked 15th in the world. These rankings are a mixed bag and access to the ...
Stadiums Don't Drive Economic Development
RFK Stadium. Photo by angela n.
Jonathan O’Connell of the Washington Business Journal is reporting that in addition to Poplar Point, D.C. United is looking at building a stadium at Buzzard Point, a site in Southwest that is mostly trying to sell itself as a good ...
The Double Edge of Density: Local Pollution
Photo by Dr. Keats.
The environmental movement is, rightfully, focused almost entirely on greenhouse gas emissions right now. That is almost certainly strategically correct, given the stakes. It’s important to remember, though, that there lots of kinds of pollution out there that aren’t GHG ...
The Right Side of the Tracks
A much cooler Greyhound station than D.C.s. Photo by Lee Otis.
These plans for a new bus terminal and mixed-use development behind Union Station have the potential to be truly transformative. First, by connecting the Greyhound bus station to Union station, you make it functionally intermodal. You can take local transit ...