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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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Commentary
Man on bus

As D.C. Ages, Inclusive Transportation Options Needed

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 4:08 PM

There are several ways Washington D.C. has failed to maximize inclusive mobility options for older adults and seniors. And a new report from the Coalition for Smarter Growth, details solutions that can help the city become more age-friendly. Older adults make up 11 percent of the District’s population. Baby boomers, the oldest of whom are […]






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Community Design
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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Community Design
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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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Commentary
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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Commentary
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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Community Design
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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A Wiggle, Protected Lanes, and Bikeshare Bring Hope to San Francisco Bicycle Commuting

Friday, August 15, 2014 10:16 AM

I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. There’s no doubt the city is a leader at promoting bike riding. However, even in San Francisco, where dozens of riders pour down the protected bike lanes of Market Street every minute […]






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Health
Bike Count

Better Data Collection is Path to Helping People Bike and Walk

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:07 AM

There is not yet a nationally accepted standardized method for conducting counts of bicyclists and pedestrians, and the frequency of conducting counts varies among states and cities. There have been numerous efforts to create a more reliable means to measure travel. In 2005, Barnes and Krizek developed a formula for determining total bicycling trips by multiplying the […]






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Policy
Key Bridge Bikers

Capital Bikeshare’s Regional Approach is a Winning Formula

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:58 PM

People who ride the Washington D.C. region’s Capital Bikeshare system tend to ignore geopolitical boundaries. And that can be advantageous to the jurisdictions that feature the bikesharing program. CaBi, as it’s popularly known, was begun as a joint venture between the District and Arlington, Virginia, back in 2010. Two years later, Alexandria, Virginia joined the […]






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