It’s a Feature, Not a Bug: Inequality in Liberal Cities

At the November 10, 2015 Republican presidential debate, candidate Rand Paul said that inequality in cities -- the gap between the rich and poor -- "seems to be worst in cities run by Democrats." His comment received rousing applause from the audience, and much media attention. To be fair, Paul got the data right (for …

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When ‘To Protect and Serve’ Becomes ‘To Shame and Ridicule’

The disparity between the "haves" and "have nots" is perhaps nowhere more striking than in New York City. One end of the economic spectrum is best symbolized by the array of new condominium skyscrapers reshaping the city's skyline (top price, $95 million). Pan down 1,000 feet or so, and the economics shift just as precipitously. At …

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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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Slow Down! And Four Other Rules to Make People Love Cyclists

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline …

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A Bikeshare Station on Every Corner?

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 …

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Two Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

Americans took a record 10.75 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, according to annual ridership statistics released this month by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is up from 10.65 billion trips in 2013, with the number of trips outpacing population growth. In a year of low gasoline prices, the increase is welcome news for …

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The Federal Government is Making Your Commute Worse

There are a lot of reasons to be frustrated with the gridlocked federal government, but when it comes to transportation, this headline probably hits home the hardest. And it is the primary claim of a report released today, Subsidizing Congestion, by TransitCenter and The Frontier Group, that describes the numerous ways in which a relatively …

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Bikesharing, Carsharing Discussed at Mobility Summit

Congressman Earl Blumenauer began the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. calling for multimodal transportation systems. The Oregon Democrat described how transit, walking, and cycling are all necessary in order to “coax more capacity” out of our current transportation systems. And it seems, by the focus of speakers on a panel called “How Local Governments …

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Arlington Looks to Avoid Parking “Tragedy of the Commons”

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on March 27, 2014] Parking isn’t something many people think about until it’s unavailable. Even city planners have historically considered parking somewhat of an afterthought. Cities are paying more attention to the resource lately, however, in part due to the influence of one book in particular: The High Cost of Free …

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Arlington Residential Parking Garages Not Full

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on October 10, 2013] A new study by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) examines the travel and parking behaviors of residents by looking at a sample of residential site plan buildings. Site plan buildings are those that require special approval from the County Board in order to be developed because they need …

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