Suburbanites Seek Status Behind “Velvet Rope,” Argues Transit Activist Ross

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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The Rebirth of the Zombie and, Dare I Say it, Walkable City

[By Paul Goddin, written February 3, 2013, unpublished until now] Ever since George Romero’s 1978 film "Dawn of the Dead" (arguably the best zombie film of all time, with a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), zombies have symbolized modern-day anxieties, specifically American consumerism. For what is a zombie but a mindless automaton consuming everything in its …

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Jeff Speck Illuminates Many Dividends of a Walkable City

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on February 22, 2013] Urban planners have long proselytized about the preferability of urban forms of development over suburban sprawl. But it wasn’t until fairly recently that the market caught up with their sermonizing. Urban planner Jeff Speck, who will be speaking at a Mobility Lab event on April 18, has …

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