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Jessica Tunon

Jessica Tunon

Jessica examines walkability, car-free, and economic issues. She lives in Washington D.C. and has also lived in Austin and South Florida.

How I Got Involved in Walkability and Placemaking

Late last year, I immersed myself in the study of walkability, New Urbanism, livable communities, business improvement districts (BIDs), and placemaking. I read about the subjects, talked with experts, and attended meetings in both my prior home town Austin and my newly adopted home Washington D.C. If you are unfamiliar with the term, “walkable urbanism”… Read more »

Why Not Have a Walking Meeting? Here’s How

I was one of about 1,500 people to attend the inaugural SXSW V2V hosted at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada back in August.   V2V – which stands for a bunch of things, including Visionaries to Vegas, Vision to Venture, Voice to Voice, and Venture to Vegas — was all about learning the skills,… Read more »

How to Host World Carfree Day in Your City

On New Year’s Eve 2011, I moved to a mixed-use neighborhood one-and-a-half miles from downtown Austin, Texas. I was living car-free and got around by carpooling and walking. This was very different from Washington D.C., where I had previously lived and used the public transit system almost daily. I was excited by the move and,… Read more »

Is Washington D.C. a Walkable and Bikeable City? These People Say It Is

What a way to kick off summer, with the Coalition for Smarter Growth launch today of Walkable Living Stories. The campaign shares the stories of dozens of Washington D.C. residents who have chosen a walkable lifestyle. When you get to the site, you find yourself clicking on the interactive map to see where the 38 percent… Read more »

Active Transportation Information Needed at Event-Planning Websites

I was recently organizing an event in downtown Austin, Texas. The event space was partially chosen because it offered ease of access, with many public-transportation options. I built the event page where guests would register online. But soon after the event was posted to this event-planning web service, I received a message to add the… Read more »

Reflecting on Five Years of the Car-Free Lifestyle

Who: Jessica Tunon, appreciator of much-improved lifestyle What: Two-door Honda Accord LE, lease ended on May 12, 2008 Where: Florida to Arlington, Virginia Why: Have more “fun money” When: May 12, 2008 (see above) How: and, with my financial background, a personal cost-benefit analysis As the stats above show, I recently passed my five-year anniversary of beginning my new… Read more »