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 ...
Putting the Public in Public Transit
A shared moment on the Metro. Photo by bootbearwdc.
When we say “public transit,” we mean public in the sense that the government—actually usually a quasi-governmental special authority—runs the transit. I think it’s time to reclaim the other meaning of public transit. This is transit as a space where ...
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 ...
Caution! Strip Mall and Big Box Retailer Ahead!
Caution! Strip Mall and Big Box Retailer Ahead!
Strip malls need a makeover. Not just to look prettier, but to be safer and more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and other people on the street. Photo by Dean Terry. On the beauty spectrum of community design, nothing’s uglier than ...
People Still Moving to D.C.
United Van Lines truck from 1956. Photo by Roadsidepictures.
The D.C. blogs have all been posting this factoid from the United Van Lines company: 63.6% of its moves in the District were inbound, making only 36.4% of its moves outbound. That’s the most inbound moves of any state, with ...