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TC Walkable

Demand for Mixed-Use Housing Could Drive Transit Growth

Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00 AM

Transportation choice in America is largely a product of where one lives, which is both directly and indirectly dependent upon core values and attitudes. This is a major finding in TransitCenter’s Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey, and it supports the idea that transportation and land use are inextricably linked. While there is a high […]






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TC Types People

Strong Messages Needed to Influence America’s Six “Transportation Types”

Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00 AM

America has six “transportation types,” according to a new study by TransitCenter, and these six common attitudes should inspire more creativity for communicators and marketers aiming to help increase ridership on public transportation. You can see the six different types in the chart to the right. Two types are not worth focusing on at all. […]






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Community Design
WeWork Wonder Bread Factory

New Shared-Space Residential Project Made Possible by Arlington’s Tech, Transit

Friday, September 12, 2014 10:19 AM

A new shared-space residential project by Vornado and WeWork, approved in July by the county board, will be Arlington, Virginia’s first micro-unit project, and could be priced affordably. The Crystal City project will be a temporary revamp of the vacant Crystal Plaza 6 office building at 2221 South Clark Street, which is scheduled to be […]






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Trick Out

Proposals to “Trick Out Your Trip” Due Soon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 5:00 PM

How do you feel when you get to the bus stop? You say to yourself, “Where is this bus? When will it be here? Why am I standing so close to huge metal-box cars flying past me at the speed of light? Where is the shade?” Or how about the subway platform? “Is the next-train-arrival […]






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Velvet Rope

Suburbanites Seek Status Behind “Velvet Rope,” Argues Transit Activist Ross

Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:42 PM

Why do so many Americans choose to live in the suburbs, despite the increasingly long commute times and lack of community often associated with these places? Benjamin Ross, a Washington D.C.-based transit activist whose grass-roots lobbying efforts led to the planned Purple Line in Maryland, argues that suburbia has a persistent allure because it is […]






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Roanoke

Building a Fun Bike Culture in Roanoke, Virginia

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:59 PM

This article is excerpted from an interview with the author in The Roanoke Times. Having a bike culture means that a community recognizes and respects the use of a bicycle as a transportation option, regardless if one rides regularly or not. It means bicycles are regularly used for utilitarian as well as recreational purposes, and […]






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North American Bikeshare Association Launches in U.S.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:39 AM

The North American Bikeshare Association has just launched to help guide the new and fast-growing bikesharing industry. The term “bikeshare” is quickly becoming a household term, with programs now in more than 300 cities worldwide. In the United States, bikeshare programs exist in more than 60 municipalities, from large cities such as New York to […]






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The High Line in New York City

Are Streets, Like Fences, a Relic of Another Era?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:54 AM

“Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost wrote in the poem “Mending Wall.” It is a line that captures the 1914 poem’s themes of boundaries, ownership, and privacy perfectly. But today, 100 years later, fences are becoming more of a quaint notion in an increasingly urbanized world. According to the United Nations, which has been […]






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Protected Bike Lane

Why Arlington (and Every Place) Needs More Protected Bike Lanes

Friday, August 22, 2014 11:51 AM

Chris Eatough, a former professional biker and the director of BikeArlington, envisions an Arlington County where there are more bikes than cars. In order to get there, says Eatough, the county needs to create a connected network of protected bike lanes. Eatough has spent the last five years helping to guide the county’s transformation into […]






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Women's Group slideshow

New Women’s Group Hopes to Refine “The Arlington Way”

Friday, August 22, 2014 9:07 AM

“The Arlington Way” is viewed as one of the first and best examples of civic engagement at the local level. However, the drumbeat of criticism and opposition to all manner of needed investments suggest the Arlington Way as we know it is falling short. There are many factors likely at play: complex project design, a […]






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