Economic Prosperity

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Jobs Low Income

More Jobs Created Through Public Transportation Than Roads

Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:48 PM

A large number of people across the country live in neighborhoods with very poor transit options, and many of them don’t have incomes generous enough to support car ownership. How does someone manage to find a job and continue to arrive on time to work in this situation? Many advocates have suggested that car-ownership assistance […]






by Chris Plano
Economic Prosperity
CaBi cash slideshow

Arlingtonians Can Now Pay Cash for Capital Bikeshare Membership

Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:38 PM

The new year is seeing a new way for Arlington County residents to obtain Capital Bikeshare memberships: with cash. The pilot program, called Arlington Resident Cash Membership, begins this week. It is intended to bring the membership service to the “unbanked” residents of the county. Despite Capital Bikeshare‘s huge success — it routinely competes with New York’s […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
shared use

Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare

Monday, January 12, 2015 12:23 PM

The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility. Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether. But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? They could do better, according to […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
Groceries Bus stop

Transit is Key to Solving Our National Obesity Crisis

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:02 PM

A staple of every household’s week is a trip to the supermarket. Maybe you jump in your car for a 10-minute drive, or get on a bus or metro or your bike for a short ride. You likely don’t think much about this trip because it’s straightforward, simple. But in Baltimore, more than 73,000 people […]






by Chris Plano
Community Design
Esther Dyson

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:29 PM

Five cities, five years to make a difference in their community’s health. That’s the challenge presented by the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) and its Way to Wellville program. Founded in 2013 by prolific angel investor Esther Dyson, HICCup looks at common barriers to good health, such as poverty and education, but also questions […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Economic Prosperity
Boulder

Boulder Makes It Easy for Low-Income Residents to Take Bus, Bike, and Carshare

Monday, December 22, 2014 3:41 PM

When someone gives up her only parking spot in front of her home for a carshare vehicle for the whole community, you know you’re getting through to people. That’s exactly what happened in Boulder, Colorado – and may be happening even more soon – as a unique partnership began this year between the local housing […]






by Paul Mackie
Community Design
Rideshare

Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:57 PM

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
DeMaio

Bikeshare: Still the New Kid on the Block for Transportation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:53 PM

This month’s Transportation Techies Meetup group, at the WeWork co-working space in Washington D.C., was all about what we know from the growing catalog of studies on bikeshare systems. The World’s Best Bikeshares When Colin Hughes and Jacob Mason of the Institute for Transportation and Development Planning (ITDP) asked the attendees which system is the best, […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Economic Prosperity
Rosslyn skyline

Transportation Amenities Give Arlington Upper Hand for Commercial-Office Developers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:10 PM

With the highest office vacancy rate in years – currently around 21 percent compared with 17 percent for Northern Virginia as a whole – Arlington County’s building owners are faced with numerous challenges to attract and retain tenants. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program authorized by Congress, in which Department of Defense bases were […]






by Keara Mehlert
Commentary
Real Estate

Real-Estate Investors: Pay Attention to 18-Hour Cities, Millennials, and Infrastructure in 2015

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 3:41 PM

Urbanization – migration away from the suburbs and to the central city – will be the biggest real estate trend in 2015, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, in its 36th year of publication, makes projections in commercial and residential […]






by Paul Goddin