Research

Commentary
Happy in the City

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:44 AM

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr. […]






by Tarik Endale
Activity Centers
3472865774_5006442fc3_o

New Research Reveals the Costs of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:58 AM

Ever since the Roman Empire, local governments have had great control over land use. Today, municipalities control development using zoning regulations, tax policies, and infrastructure-investment decisions. Municipalities can choose to develop in an unconnected, low-density, suburban-style manner, or they can consider more compact, connected urban land uses. These decisions have enormous implications for a municipality’s finances, according […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
7601332560_339f208cb8_b

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]






by Chris Hamilton
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
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
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
Commentary
Social media voting

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 12:09 PM

Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
Two lanes of cars are stuck in heavy traffic in Washington DC.

Gridlock Is Not Just for D.C. Politics

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:31 PM

File this one under “lists you don’t want to appear on.” Consumer finance website NerdWallet has released a list of the top 10 Worst Cities for Car Drivers. Washington D.C., number two on the list, proves once again that the term “gridlock” doesn’t just apply to the city’s politics. NerdWallet gave Washington poor scores because, […]






by Paul Goddin
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
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