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New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets

Ever since the car began dominating the way people move throughout the United States, bicycling and walking have become often dangerous and shunted propositions. Decades later, more engineers, planners, and developers are understanding the importance of rethinking the car-centered designs of roads in order to mitigate the dangers they pose for pedestrians. Today, Smart Growth… Read more »

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New Research Reveals the Costs of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

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… Read more »

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Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

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”… Read more »

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6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block

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… Read more »

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More Jobs Created Through Public Transportation Than Roads

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… Read more »

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Wearable Tech Will Make Our Cities More Walkable

This article was originally published by Tech Cocktail. Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more… Read more »

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Suburbs – The Secret to D.C.’s Soaring Walkability?

Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America. The District’s number-one ranking has surprised some, prompting them to ask how D.C. was able to surpass places such as New York City, which not only contains one of the best subway… Read more »

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Columbia Pike Streetcar, Affordable Housing Merit Award for Arlington’s Tejada

Because of his work on the Arlington County Board to adopt of a visionary plan for the Columbia Pike corridor, the Coalition for Smarter Growth honored Walter Tejada with its Livable Communities Leadership Award on Thursday night. Tejada, at a swanky awards ceremony at Epic Studio in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle, told the story of… Read more »

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Arlington’s Embrace of Transit-Oriented Development Linked to Health, Sprawl Study Says

We have been taught to hate sprawl in America, yet, in the past 10 years, our country has become, on average, slightly more sprawling than in the decade prior. That was one finding of Smart Growth America’s Measuring Sprawl 2014 report, released earlier this month. The study, conducted by University of Utah city planning professor… Read more »

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Chris Zimmerman Offers Transportation Vision at Lab Lunch

An Arlington County Board member since 1996, Chris Zimmerman has been an advocate of transit-oriented development. He will soon start as vice president at Smart Growth America. Here are some tweet highlights from his “Lunch At the Lab” at Mobility Lab today. Photo by Michael Schade [View the story “Chris Zimmerman Offers Transportation Vision at… Read more »