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Cities Need Connectivity Czars for Seamless Public Transportation

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:58 PM

Perhaps the time has come for larger transit systems to employ a connectivity director, an energetic, get-things-done type to pave the way for riders. The ideal candidate would have an understanding of the current challenges and would possess the political skills, technological grasp, and imagination necessary to make a transit experience as free from technical […]






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Sophie and Ryan

Which Attributes Make a Community Successful?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:25 PM

This was a presentation I gave along with my colleagues from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments at Mobility Lab in Arlington on February 27, 2014. It details what our Region Forward team is doing in regards to strengthening the economic vitality of “activity centers” throughout the Washington D.C. region. This looks in particular at the […]






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Activity Centers Aim to Increase D.C. Region’s Future Growth, Avoid Infrastructure Chaos

Monday, February 3, 2014 4:16 PM

I have written about Activity Centers before, to less than stellar Internet traffic. My concerns regarding how to market the regional planning initiative have been shared by my Mobility Lab colleague Paul Mackie, and we have struggled to come up with a hook or angle for these neighborhoods that will capture the imagination of the D.C. public. The difficulty […]






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Activity Centers: Economic Engines and Livable Places

Friday, January 17, 2014 1:39 PM

“For many people, this is a neighborhood where you can live, you can work, you can shop, you can have lots of cultural and recreational choices, all in the same place,” explains Harriet Tregoning, director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, in describing NoMA in a new video from my organization – the Metropolitan Washington […]






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The Case for Activity Centers in the D.C. Region

Friday, January 10, 2014 4:07 PM

Atlanta has Livable Centers. San Francisco has Priority Development Areas. And here in D.C., we have Activity Centers. Different terms, similar concepts: places or hubs in large metropolitan areas where future growth is designated, encouraged, and concentrated. Activity Centers have big implications regarding efficiencies in transportation, sustainability, and livability, particularly in a post-recession environment of […]






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Vibrant Arlington

Prosperous Hubs of Activity Planned Across D.C. Region

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:33 PM

Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors approved Place + Opportunity (PDF), a report that presents a regional framework to understand common challenges and opportunities among Activity Centers in our region. Examining a cross section of the region’s 141 Activity Centers, the Place + Opportunity Project Team conducted detailed analysis of each […]






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FAST Potomac Yard Helping Community Save Big Money on Transportation

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:19 PM

Moving more people on a transportation network of roads, bridges, and rails is tricky business. Additional roads and transit lines are needed, and the existing network must be managed more efficiently. The latter process is called “transportation demand management (TDM),” and for neighborhoods like Arlington’s Potomac Yard, it can be a crucial factor in eliminating gridlock […]






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Walking is the Pill That Could Start a Healthcare Revolution

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:12 PM

The next big health care breakthrough – which could cut rates of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and Alzheimer’s by at least 40 percent and save Americans $100 billion a year – comes from a place you’d least expect. On your block. At the park. Everywhere. So what’s this amazing treatment, which also happens to […]






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“War Against D.C. Drivers” is Much Ado About Nothing

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:02 PM

A recent headline in Washington D.C.’s Examiner newspaper raged, “D.C. Waging War Against Drivers.” It cited the District’s Sustainable DC plan, released February 20 by Mayor Vincent Gray, as an example of how this “war” starts at the top. While the Examiner’s headline was full of sound and fury, the article’s content was, in the end, […]






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London Shows That Every City Could Use an Olympics

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:26 AM

The Summer Olympics serve as a chance for host cities to showcase their architectural prowess. Who can forget the fabulous flyover views in 2008 of Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium? But now nearly five years later, the Bird’s Nest remains largely vacant, and its future unclear. Even one of its creators, Chinese dissident artist Ai Waiwei, has […]






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