Arlington Residential Parking Garages Not Full

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 some kind of exception to the zoning …

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TDM 101: An Intro to Mobility Management

“How do we begin to covet, Clarisse? Do we seek out things to covet? No, we covet what we see every day.” – Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs What does this quote have to do with transportation? Here at Mobility Lab, we're in the business of attempting to change what you covet. …

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The Best of Transportation TED Talks: Part 1

TED Talks is a clearinghouse of informative and inspirational short lectures from the leading thinkers of our age. In case you didn’t know, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design (its creator was himself an architect and graphic designer). With more than 1,500 TED Talks available online (not including Mobility Lab’s own mini-TED Talks we …

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

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 …

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Location, Location, Location… So Long as that Location is Near Transit

We’re all familiar with the saying that the three most important factors in real estate are “location, location, location.” This rule no longer just refers to the importance of quality schools and neighborhood amenities in close proximity to residential properties. A new study by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with the National …

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“War Against D.C. Drivers” is Much Ado About Nothing

A recent headline in Washington D.C.’s Examiner newspaper raged, “D.C. Waging War Against Drivers.” It cited the District’s Sustainable DC plan, released February 20 by Mayor Vincent Gray, as an example of how this “war” starts at the top. While the Examiner’s headline (below) was full of sound and fury, the article’s content was, in the …

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Jeff Speck Illuminates Many Dividends of a Walkable City

Urban planners have long proselytized about the preferability of urban forms of development over suburban sprawl. But it wasn’t until fairly recently that the market caught up with their sermonizing. Urban planner Jeff Speck, who will be speaking at a Mobility Lab event on April 18, has written a new book called Walkable City: How Downtown Can …

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Strategies Detailed to Remedy DC’s Affordable-Housing Crisis

Lack of affordable housing is an unintended consequence of a region’s success, and can certainly be seen in the Washington D.C. metro area. As the public demand for walkable neighborhoods has increased, low- to moderate-income residents are being priced out of those neighborhoods. And unfortunately, the public policy regarding housing affordability in the United States …

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The Silver Line Playbook: Clarendon and Tysons

The differences between Clarendon and Tysons Corner – two communities in Northern Virginia – are readily apparent to even a casual observer. Clarendon has walkability, cohesion, and sense of place and Tysons has sprawl, confusion, and traffic gridlock. Although these two places will soon be linked when Metro’s Silver Line opens west of Washington D.C., …

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