The D.C. city council today approved emergency legislation that will allow construction of the streetcar line along Benning Road and H Street Northeast to move forward with overhead power lines on that corridor and create a "public process" for determining whether overhead wires are acceptable on other parts of the planned system... Read On
Fort Meade is a transit black hole with growing traffic and horrible parking. I worked on Fort Meade for the better part of a decade. It made me hate commuting more than any Beltway traffic ever did. It is virtually impossible to get there without a car, and the parking is years of expansion beyond critical mass. ... Read On
"I am not necessarily suggesting that we repeat exactly what the streetcar/ real estate companies did 100 years ago. I am just saying to link transportation and land use in some manner; there are hundreds of ways, such as assessment districts, limited ownership of the real estate by the transit agency, etc, etc. We need to use the concept but not the exact mechanism used a century ago."
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan said late Friday that his agency will soon start gauging the "location efficiency" of its grant applicants, determining each project's potential for connecting residents to surrounding neighborhoods -- and mirroring the recommendations of a recent report that found a correlation between homeowners' foreclosure risk and their dependence on car ownership... Read On
Rhode Island Station will begin filling a major hole in the District's urban fabric by turning the surface parking lot at Rhode Island Avenue Metro into a mixed-use project. However, the project also misses several key opportunities at the edges... Read On
Commercial property owners along 37 miles of planned routes for a D.C. streetcar system may be asked to foot the bill for a quarter or more of the $1.5 billion system proposed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. ... Read On
The American psyche has long fixated on the farm and the frontier. Emerson once concluded that cities and their inhabitants would die off without their rural counterparts to sustain them, reasoning that "the city is recruited from the country." When Emerson published those words in 1844, around 90 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas... Read On
Arlington County is seeking public input for a plan to redevelop the East Falls Church area, embracing the mixed-use development that is the standard at other Metro stations in the county, and connecting the station area with better bicycle and pedestrian facilities. .... Read On