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 ...
New Report: “Easing Off the Gas” in the U.S. Northwest
An (almost) empty Seattle Viaduct. People in the Northwest have been using less gas -- and driving less -- over the past 10 years. Photo by Slightlynorth.
A new report from the Sightline Institute shows that people in the Northwest states — Oregon, Washington and Idaho — are consuming less gasoline, riding more public transit and driving less than before, indicating a shift in the transportation patterns ...
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, ...
Make D.C.'s Hospitals and Universities Sustainable
Georgetown University is the District's second-largest employer. Photo by Kyle Rush.
Walking out of Union Station this morning, I received a little flyer to go to www.commuternation.com/dc from a few guys standing outside. I was told that I could save up to 40% on my commute! Of course, I took these ...
The Metropolitan City and the Parochial City: Two Visions of Urbanism
Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street. Photo by dbking.
The Post’s article about how U Street residents are beginning to get tired of the increasing noise of their neighborhood. My first reaction was basically the same as Ryan Avent and BeyondDC’s, that it’s hardly as if these residents didn’t ...