Friday Fun
The game of Sporcle.
Sporcle! The website where you guess at long lists of trivia. I promise, it’s more fun than it sounds. I got 28/40 on the list of Popular Science’s greenest cities and 33/40 on the most populous US cities in 1800, ...
It's Business Time
The Downtown BID isn't just good for creating WALL-E looking street sweepers. They're also the business communities chief advocates for urbanism. Photo by Mr. T in DC.
I wrote a couple of days ago about the need for smart growth advocates and urbanists to get smarter about playing the inside game. We’re winning the messaging but then losing behind closed doors, I argued. So I was particularly ...
What Does Family-Friendly Actually Mean?
The suburbs are Cleaver Family-friendly. Photo by pdwroswell.
One of the most pervasive critiques of urban life is that suburbia is the only good place to raise a family. It’s a powerful argument—parents will do anything for their children—and it’s a deeply rooted one. So it was very ...
Don’t Sell Subway Station Naming Rights
Don’t Sell Subway Station Naming Rights
The news is a few days old, but I think it’s really fascinating that New York is considering selling partial naming rights to the Atlantic/Pacific station, the second busiest station in Brooklyn. The Times article on the sale gives some ...
LEED Neighborhood Development Wants You to Build More More More
Can you construct your way to a green neighborhood? Photo by Dean Terry.
For the real nerds among you, go read Kaid Benfield’s 3-part series about the changes in the LEED Neighborhood Development criteria from their pilot program here, here, and here. It’s deep in the weeds—how do you define buildable land for ...
NYT on BRT: Great to See, A Bit Disappointing to Read
Transmilenio. Photo by sicoactiva.
For a BRT advocate, it was really exciting to wake up this morning to a front-page, above-the-fold article in the New York Times, with Transmilenio as the central picture. Reading Elisabeth Rosenthal’s article, though, I must say that there were ...
Credit Where Credit Is Due
One of those useful blue signs. Photo by dsrc.
D.C., like Manhattan, is a place that’s remarkably easy to navigate. The streets are straight. They are numbered, or in alphabetical order. There are a few avenues and circles and what not but it’s easy to find your way around ...
Ryan Avent Needs to Stop Being A Utilitarian
Jeremy Bentham's stuffed body would approve of Ryan Avent's ethics. Photo by jenniever.
There’s an interesting argument going on between Yonah Freemark and Ryan Avent about road tolls. Freemark makes the usual argument, though with unusual eloquence, that implementing tolls is regressive and that the benefits of congestion pricing come at the expense ...
Highlights from TheCityFix DC
Highlights from TheCityFix DC
A few highlights from our TheCityFix DC site-if you’re not reading it regularly, you’re missing out: LEED Neighborhood Development Wants You to Build More More More: Why doesn’t LEED-ND certify already existing neighborhoods? It’s one more example of green consumerism, ...
Being Right Doesn't Get You That Far
Smart growth advocates could learn a thing or two from The Prince. Flickr photo by jamesmelzer.
What more can be said about I-270? David Alpert is calling it Gaithersbungle: the Montgomery County Planning Department has decided to spend $3.8 billion widening the highway to a truly massive 12 lanes. Then they’re spending $450 million on a ...