Month: September 2012 Individuals Survey, 2012

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Moderate Exercise on Your Commute Will Make You Much Healthier

It is growing increasingly obvious that public transportation is a key component to improving health. The numbers about the health crisis in this country are somewhat staggering. A recent report released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimated that by 2030, all 50 states will have an obesity rate of 44… Read more »

Here and Here to Stay: Staying Mobile With or Without a Car

We’re thrilled here at Mobility Lab to welcome Lori Cohen as our new blogger on quality-of-life issues for seniors. This topic has a crucial connection to transportation demand, and Lori has a knowledgeable perspective, having worked for such organizations as AARP and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Welcome to the inaugural post for… Read more »

Hipsters a Valuable Part of Sustainable Transportation Trends

While visiting the H Street Festival northeast of Union Station in Washington DC last weekend, it was apparent that hipster culture is booming and that many sideline hipsters like myself are more than open to exploring the hipster part of town. Rumor has it that the festival expanded from 35,000 to 65,000 attendees from last… Read more »

Arlington Leads the Way into a Walkable Future

I recently had the pleasure of attending a joint symposium, hosted by The George Washington University and The Urban Land Institute, about how the trend towards creating walkable urban places can impact real-estate development. I’m not a real-estate professional. I don’t even own a home. Yet, I still found the day incredibly fascinating. Several speakers noted that Arlington,… Read more »

Business Leaders Keep Crystal City Rolling with the Times and Relevant

Crystal City, Virginia, located across the Potomac River from Washington DC, provides an interesting example of how key investments can shape “activity centers” into more dynamic and successful communities. This is republished from our partners over at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Region Forward. Major redevelopment in the 1960s transformed Crystal City’s industrial landscape… Read more »

Building “place” is the means to economic prosperity for communities

Community leaders nationwide need to recognize that “place” is their most valuable asset. The most effective way to maintain or build economic prosperity is to protect the character, uniqueness, and history of our towns. This was the message from Parris Glendenning – a board member of Smart Growth America and former Maryland governor – this… Read more »

Real-estate market has shifted from suburban to walkable urban

Home-buyers in the Washington DC region will now pay 71 percent more for a home in a walkable area than one in the drive-only suburbs. This is among the wealth of new findings in a report released this week that examines 43 “walkUPs” – or walkable, urban places – in the region, and how they… Read more »