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Sustainable DC Hopes to Build “the Most Livable City in the U.S.”

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on May 3, 2013].


To call Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC plan ambitious might be an understatement.

Piggybacking on predecessor Adrian Fenty’s accomplishments in making the Nation’s Capital one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S., Gray has gone several steps further with Sustainable DC – a 20-year plan to make it the “healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the U.S.”

But while Fenty’s installation of bicycle lanes around the city was viewed by many as a symptom of a disconnect between his mayorship and the economic problems of his electorate, Gray is framing Sustainable DC as a pro-business strategy. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning has said at several events promoting Sustainable DC that it is not an environmental initiative, but rather an economic one.

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