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  • Urban bike trails aren’t just for recreation

    For many years, one of the main points of debate over the Purple Line route between Bethesda and Connecticut Avenue in Montgomery County has the interim Capital Crescent Trail, an unpaved section along the old railroad right-of-way that the light rail Purple Line would also use. Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher, after largely staying out of the debate, weighed in on the matter…  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…

  • The Corridor Cities Transitway and the future of the middle suburbs

    According to the Gazette, Maryland state planners are optimistic that private sector funding might help pay for the Corridor Cities Transitway. The Transitway is a proposed line north of Shady Grove along the 270 corridor, through some areas planned for high density commercial and residential development. A train line here would encourage human scale, energy efficient, walkable…  Keep reading…

  • 2009 wish list for transit

    Since it’s almost time to put on your suit/tuxedo/ballgown and party like it’s 2009, I sat down and thought about the best ways to improve transit in our region in the future. This list breaks down into two categories: near term and long term.  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…

  • Boxing Day links: bikes, buses and blogs

    Ticket dismissed: One of the bicyclists ticketed for riding the wrong way on New Hampshire Avenue by U Street, Sam DuPont, successfully appealed his citation. DuPont argued that “going the wrong way on NH was the only safe way to navigate that part of the city, and that DDOT has recognized this fact in their plans to install contraflow bike lanes on that very block.”…  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…

  • Breakfast links: Actions for transit

    MoCo planning staff endorse light rail: Reports of Planning Board staff endorsing a bus Purple Line have been greatly exaggerated. A staff report released yesterday endorses the surface light rail option, including the segment parallel to the Capital Crescent Trail. “We have to grow, and we have to do it in a way that is sustainable ... in a reasonable way that is less dependent…  Keep reading…

  • Montgomery County: America in microcosm

    Montgomery County, and most of the Washington region, is far from typical of the United States in many ways. Both Montgomery County and the region as a whole have higher education and income levels than the nation on average, and even the less affluent parts of the county have a median income that is well above the national median income. However, on land use, the county is grappling with…  Keep reading…

  • Maryland and Virginia trade places

    Virginia has made huge strides in smart development and transportation policies in recent years, just as Maryland has taken huge leaps in the opposite direction. Former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening gets credit for coining the term “Smart Growth”, and DC’s progressive Planning director Harriet Tregoning used to run Maryland’s Smart Growth…  Keep reading…

  • Has preservation become an echo chamber?

    The District of Columbia is not the only jurisdiction in the region that is having an ongoing debate about historic preservation. While nowhere near as high-profile as the debate over the Third Church, preservation groups are working to landmark the Perpetual Bank Building at 8700 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.  Keep reading…

  • Breakfast links: How to get to Pennsylvania Avenue

    By whistlestop railroad tour: President-elect Obama will get on a train after a rally in Philadelphia, meet Joe Biden for a rally in Wilmington, then stop in Baltimore before continuing to DC.  Keep reading…

  • Working people might live in Rockville! Everybody panic!

    Tonight, the Rockville City Council will debate Beall’s Grant II, a proposed mixed-income housing development around the corner from Rockville Town Square and 0.4 miles from the Rockville Metro. Opponents have a long laundry list of complaints that mostly fall into two categories: “This project is too big and will destroy our neighborhood,” and “Poor…  Keep reading…

  • Brunch links: Foolishness in Maryland

    News flash: cheap parking encourages driving: Montgomery County’s Office of Legislative Oversight issued a report saying what we knew: the county’s practice of building lots of cheap or free parking undermines their attempts to encourage non-auto commuting. Councilmember Nancy Floreen wants to hear your thoughts.  Keep reading…

  • Tell Maryland MTA you support the light rail Purple Line

    The Gazette has endorsed the light rail option for the Purple Line. But opponents of light rail have been making a big push to derail the rail option.   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…

  • Buses and BRT: some facts

    Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich has a plan for “rapid bus” corridors around the county. While I applaud Councilman Elrich’s vision, he’s not the first person to articulate such an idea. In fact, the Action Commitee for Transit sent BeyondDC some excellent recommendations to immediately improve existing bus service on major routes in Montgomery County for no cost,…  Keep reading…

  • Breakfast links: Progress and detours

    Robocars are almost here: An autonomous VW built by Stanford managed to navigate a blockaded Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan during a demonstration, stopping at stop signs, avoiding other vehicles and pedestrians. How long until we have real autonomous vehicles on regular streets? Check out the video. Tip: Phil Lepanto.  Keep reading…

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