Posts by Dave Murphy

Born in DC and a lifelong resident of the area, Dave Murphy currently resides in the Rosedale neighborhood of Ward 7 where he coaches a championship youth football team in the DC DPR League. He is an Army veteran and a medically retired DoD geographic analyst.

  • St. Elizabeth’s is a campus, not a fortress

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is consolidating its 60-some-odd area offices to a centralized campus. Finally. This move is smart, as it will improve the organization’s efficiency and bring it up to par with other executive branch defense organizations with their own headquarters like the CIA, the NSA, the Department of Defense, the DIA, and the FBI.  Keep reading…

  • Connectivity: a good way the stimulus can invest in roads

    There has been a great deal of outcry over Obama’s transportation stimulus plans once word got out that the plan would prioritize money for roads. But not all road projects are the great Satan. The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) is proposing that the federal stimulus invest specifically in areas with highly conected, walkable street grids (via Laurence Aurbach).  Keep reading…

  • Wasteful development at Landover Metro

    It’s no secret that Prince George’s County is lousy at developing around its Metro stations. But check this madness out by Landover Metro station on the Orange Line:  Keep reading…

  • Indian Head’s bottleneck

    Wedged between Southern Avenue, the Beltway, Oxon Hill Farm, and Glassmanor Park is the quiet suburb of Forest Heights, a small municipality of about 2,500 on DC’s southernmost border with Prince George’s County. Isolated from other county municipalities, Forest Heights is otherwise what one might expect to find in Prince George’s County: a predominantly…  Keep reading…

  • Prince George’s great Heights

    At the four corners of the original District of Columbia are four very distinct developments. In the south, Alexandria hugs the Potomac River as a classic example of a traditional city. On the west corner is Falls Church, a typical but up-and-coming Virginia suburb. In the north, Silver Spring sits atop the District’s crown showcasing the triumphant transition from a suburb…  Keep reading…

  • Not your mother’s cities

    My mother grew up living a city lifestyle in an ethnic enclave in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of immigrant parents and a little older than the baby boomers. She did not even have a drivers license until she was in her mid-20’s. When my parents bought their house in Silver Spring off the Beltway, many Americans were moving to the suburbs. The American Dream was to own a house in a quiet neighborhood…  Keep reading…

  • ICC Junior: Montrose Parkway

    The multibillion-dollar Intercounty Connector may get the lion’s share of attention, but it isn’t Montgomery County’s only major road construction project. And while the ICC’s cost overruns have already threatened other transportation projects in Maryland, the other new expressway is still moving forward: Montrose Parkway.  Keep reading…

  • The other end of the Purple Line

    There has been a great deal of fuss over the Purple Line alignment between Silver Spring and Bethesda, notably over the hiker-biker trail and the Columbia Country Club. There have also been debates over the alignments between College Park and Silver Spring, including the East Silver Spring alignment, the transit center at Langley Park, and the alignment through the University of…  Keep reading…

  • Montgomery College Metro station?

    When I was a student at Montgomery College, the school posted a great map throughout the school showing the number of Montgomery College students that were citizens of countries around the world. The student body hailed from 191 countries which, they said, was more than at any other institution of higher learning in America. With people coming from all four corners of the world to attend…  Keep reading…

  • Traffic is poisoning Ivy City

    Tucked away in the not-so-scenic brownfields of the New York Avenue industrial corridor, buried between Gallaudet University and Mount Olivet Cemetery, is an isolated enclave of houses known as Ivy City. Theoretically, it is not a bad location: about a mile from New York Avenue Metro station and its actively redeveloping neighborhood, and walking distance to the scenic National…  Keep reading…

  • Reversible pains

    Bustling downtown Silver Spring has a decidedly suburban-oriented feature that is strangely unique to denser urban areas: reversible lanes. This feature shows up in a few other places scattered throughout the region (most notably Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park), but Silver Spring’s are the most prominent because they appear on two major thoroughfares that intersect…  Keep reading…

  • I thought criminals took transit?

    Last month, Freakonomics revisited the ridiculous argument that transit brings crime into the innocent little suburbs. More recently, Just Up the Pike followed a shooting that occurred on a Silver Spring bus recently, prompting more discussion on the possibility that mass transit increases crime.  Keep reading…

  • cArmy Base: Fort Meade

    Military bases dot the landscape all around the Capital region. This is a unique presence, as many cities in America are largely defined by the one or two military bases near their boundaries, like Fayetteville, North Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Kileen, Texas; Norfolk and even San Diego. Washington, DC, however, is home to the entire Federal Government, so a few military bases…  Keep reading…

  • Are you ready for some Metro?

    Please welcome Dave Murphy, GGW’s newest contributor, who also writes the Imagine, DC blog. Dave lives in Laurel and will be bringing us insight on urbanism from the regions northeast of DC (and anywhere else he has something to say).  Keep reading…

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