Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] If the 20th Century was the era of America’s honeymoon with the car, the 21st has given way to the reluctant realization that this suitor has come with some baggage – air pollution, urban sprawl, obesity, and traffic congestion, to name a few. It is not just the U.S. …

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Urbanization the Hottest Real-Estate Trend in 2015

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Urbanization – migration away from the suburbs and to the central city – will be the biggest real estate trend in 2015, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, in its 36th year of publication, makes projections …

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Transit is a Commonality of Booming, Vibrant Cities

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab and In the Capital] The smartest move for real-estate developers is to continue investing in cities that have many transportation options available to their potential tenants. And growing cities need to embrace transit-oriented development to remain competitive. Those are the findings of a recent report that explores 10 major cities (Mexico City, Manhattan, …

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As Driving Habits Change, Places That Cater to Millennials Thrive

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] An employment opportunity brought Matt Smith (above right), a 30-year old business-development manager, to the Washington D.C. area from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania in 2009. He chose to live in Arlington because of its urban feel and plethora of transportation options. “Arlington feels like D.C. to me, but it’s cleaner and greener,” …

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Roanoke, Virginia Placemaking Shows a City on the Rise

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Big cities aren’t the only places working hard to create terrific communities. I was reminded of this fact when visiting Roanoke, Virginia over the past few days to attend CityWorks(X)po, a conference for change agents and placemakers. Going in, I was completely unfamiliar with the city, but was delighted with what I discovered …

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Where You Live Determines Whether You Use Transit

[Written by Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Transportation choice in America is largely a product of where one lives, which is both directly and indirectly dependent upon core values and attitudes. This is a major finding in TransitCenter’s Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey, and it supports the idea that transportation and land …

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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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