Are Suburbs The Secret to Walkability in D.C.?

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America. The District’s number-one ranking has surprised some, prompting them to ask how D.C. was able to surpass places such as New York City, which not only contains one …

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Ride Public Transportation, Find Love?

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation. A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but …

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5 Ways DC Metro Beats NYC Subway

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] New York City’s Subway system, run by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is the largest rapid transit system in the United States. With service 24 hours per day and an extensive network of 421 stations, virtually all of Manhattan and most of the outer boroughs are within a quick walk …

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Bike Parking Overtakes Auto Parking in Some Places

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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The Case for Activity Centers in the D.C. Region

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab and Region Forward, published on January 10, 2014.] Atlanta has Livable Centers. San Francisco has Priority Development Areas. And here in D.C., we have Activity Centers. Different terms, similar concepts: places or hubs in large metropolitan areas where future growth is designated, encouraged, and concentrated. Activity Centers have big implications regarding …

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

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on December 30, 2013] 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 …

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Overheard on Transit: 30 Days of Eavesdropping

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on December 4, 2013] Above, Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Alfred Hitchcock on the set of the 1954 film Rear Window (photographer unknown) Riding the bus, train, or metro isn’t exactly a communal experience but, unlike driving, isn’t a solitary one either. Even if you’re commuting alone, you’re never really …

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