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

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 of the best subway …

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DATA Lauds Fairchild, Kirby

Tom Fairchild is a connector. Anyone who knows Mobility Lab’s director has experienced his knack for working a room, his ability to speak to virtually anyone, and his habit of making introductions (and high fives). The only down side to this is that it can be hard to get Fairchild to leave an event. He …

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

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 efficiencies in transportation, sustainability, and livability, particularly in a post-recession environment of …

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