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UK rural street

Sharing the Road is a Fundamental Mindset for UK Drivers

Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:49 PM

I recently had the opportunity to drive in the UK with my family. While not my first time to Britain, it was my first time behind the wheel, and after three days traveling, I concluded that I probably had an easier time of it – as a U.S. driver coming to the UK – than […]

by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Self Driving Car

Autonomous Vehicles Are a Traffic Solution Only Alongside Better City Planning

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:07 PM

Autonomous vehicles – or self driving cars – are promoted as a solution to congestion because researcher Todd Litman and many others expect that sensors will allow cars to travel closer together. But it has been proved time and time again that road-widening leads to induced demand, which means that additional lanes get just as […]

by Chris Plano
Happy in the City

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:44 AM

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr. […]

by Tarik Endale
Activity Centers

New Research Reveals the Costs of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:58 AM

Ever since the Roman Empire, local governments have had great control over land use. Today, municipalities control development using zoning regulations, tax policies, and infrastructure-investment decisions. Municipalities can choose to develop in an unconnected, low-density, suburban-style manner, or they can consider more compact, connected urban land uses. These decisions have enormous implications for a municipality’s finances, according […]

by Paul Goddin
Community Design

StreetsCamp Elevates Transit Discourse in D.C. Region

Thursday, July 9, 2015 3:16 PM

Successful campaigns to improve transit – and urban mobility more generally – depend on key contributions from community advocates, city government, and transit agencies. The venues are few and far between for these three groups to informally collaborate, refine their efforts, and share ideas. However, members of each of these groups, as well as academic […]

by Zak Accuardi

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]

by Chris Hamilton
Community Design

Transportation Startups Could Be the “Next Great Small Business”

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 3:50 PM

The new shared-ride mobility company Split, operating out of Washington D.C., was one of two transportation startups recognized in the recent Tech.Co Startup Competition in Arlington, Virginia. Split was deemed the standout of the two, being awarded second-place overall in the competition. It’s similar to Uber and Lyft in that it is an app-enable ride-hailing […]

by Paul Goddin
Activity Centers
Downtown revival

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 4:15 PM

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative” […]

by Paul Goddin
Community Design
StreetsCamp people

6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 4:00 PM

It’s up to the residents of a city to lobby for the transportation solutions that best serve their community. That was the subtext of various workshops at the first-ever StreetsCamp, which took place on Saturday at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Education in Washington D.C. Led by Christy Kwan of the Alliance for Biking and […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design

StreetsCamp Lights Up the Twitterverse: Storytelling Edition

Monday, June 22, 2015 1:59 PM

Also see excellent coverage of this storytelling session by Greater Greater Washington. [View the story “StreetsCamp Lights Up the Twitter-verse: Storytelling Edition” on Storify]

by Paul Mackie