Economic Prosperity

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
Economic Prosperity
Carpoolin

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together

Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:04 PM

Commuters who regularly endure traffic jams and long travel times to work sometimes consider carpooling as an alternative, but it’s not always simple to find people to share a ride. A new app called Ride aims to change all that. Launched in April, Ride hopes to connect coworkers who have similar routes to work – reducing […]






by Amy Eagleburger
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
Commentary
UBER_HQ

Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:22 AM

Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation in the U.S. and the direction […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
Car2Go

Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners

Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:31 PM

Cars work best for society when there’s more than one person using them, which is why we like when organizations such as Carma and Ridescout find ways to get people excited about carpooling and carsharing. I mean, who wouldn’t love cat cafes and origami owls? But seriously, aside from all the people you could be […]






by Maggie Awad
Economic Prosperity
Split

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

Friday, May 22, 2015 3:30 PM

Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple days ago and is similar to Uber and Lyft in that you order a car to your location to taxi you to your destination. The […]






by Jonathan Bollhoefer
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