New Research Reveals the Cost of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

Ever since the Roman Empire, local governments have had great control over land use. Today, this control is exerted through 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 …

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Businesses are Moving Back 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” …

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Boeing Flies Right on Transportation Options

Boeing’s new regional headquarters has opened in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. And it’s an example of how a large company can prop up a local economy while minimizing its impact on traffic congestion. Boeing chose Crystal City because of its location across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., and for the multiple …

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Bike Parking Overtakes Auto Parking in Some Places

At a recent tour of Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ted Eytan displayed a photograph of Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Springs, Colorado medical office (see below), and asked: “In this picture, what’s the most toxic structure to humans?” You might guess the correct answer was the office building, or the carbon dioxide-emitting automobile. But …

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Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring Billions to Arlington and Fairfax

A new study commissioned by Arlington County shows that the Columbia Pike Streetcar would spur billions of dollars in revenue for Arlington and Fairfax counties. Between $3.2 billion and $4.4 billion in incremental benefits (over and above capital expenditures and operating costs) would be realized for the two counties over 30 years. This far exceeds …

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Activity Centers Aim to Increase D.C. Region’s Future Growth, Avoid Infrastructure Chaos

I have written about Activity Centers before, to less than stellar Internet traffic. My concerns regarding how to market the regional planning initiative have been shared by my Mobility Lab colleague Paul Mackie, and we have struggled to come up with a hook or angle for these neighborhoods that will capture the imagination of the D.C. public. …

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Transportation Options Create a Potential Windfall for Washington D.C. Property

Washington D.C.’s Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center was arguably in need of a facelift, if nothing else. The 27-year-old office building, located at the corner of 14th and U Streets NW, has been showing its age amidst the increasingly high-end residential and retail construction projects peppering 14th street. The announcement of the D.C. government’s plan, …

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Location, Location, Location… So Long as that Location is Near Transit

We’re all familiar with the saying that the three most important factors in real estate are “location, location, location.” This rule no longer just refers to the importance of quality schools and neighborhood amenities in close proximity to residential properties. A new study by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with the National …

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