Community Design

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
SC

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
Activity Centers
Dupont bus

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:50 AM

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Chicago L art

Does Chicago’s Elevated “L” Get the Fundamentals of Transit Right?

Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:46 AM

I was passing through Chicago en route to Missouri to attend my niece’s high-school graduation. As I had a layover of several hours between my flight’s arrival in Chicago and my Amtrak train to Missouri, I thought I would take the “L” downtown to visit The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk over to the […]






by Monique Wahba
Community Design
Corral 1

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier

Friday, May 15, 2015 1:05 PM

We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system. “You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare rider pulling up into a roped-off […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Rep. Donald Beyer

Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, U.S. Rep. Beyer Says

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 4:10 PM

Over the past 41 years, U.S. Representative Donald Beyer’s business has sold 75,000 new and used cars. But the first-term Virginia Democrat deeply loves transit. Huh, you ask? “My real consciousness breakthrough came from living in Bern, Switzerland for four years [as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein]. The Swiss are the number-one train riders – […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
NACTO slideshow

More Bikeshare Stations is a Good Thing, But It’s Important to Be Realistic

Monday, May 11, 2015 11:02 AM

A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that’s going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it’s a good idea in the first place. NACTO’s report, released April […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
London Underline slideshow

London and Stockholm Boldly Reimagine Bicycle Commuting

Friday, May 8, 2015 2:23 PM

I recently compared two approaches to accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians in cities: separation (through protected bike lanes) and integration (through the modern woonerf). How are some of these approaches working in London, England and Stockholm, Sweden? London’s Possibilities I came across three different schemes either being considered or built to accommodate the growing number of […]






by Monique Wahba
Commentary
China mega-city

Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

Friday, May 1, 2015 3:10 PM

If the 20th Century was the era of America’s honeymoon with the car, the 21st has given way to the reluctant realization that this suitor has come with some baggage – air pollution, urban sprawl, obesity, and traffic congestion, to name a few. It is not just the U.S. that is contemplating a car “divorce.” […]






by Paul Goddin