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The Washingtonian’s “Blogger Beat” interviewed me about how we can make Greater Washington greater. Here are a few the topics we covered; check out the article for the more detailed responses.

Three reasons Washington is great: Walkable neighborhoods (and not just in DC), Metro, and resident engagement in local government.

Three ways it could be greater: More transit, more affordable housing, and transportation departments that aren’t beholden to vehicular “level of service.”

How would you fix Washington’s traffic congestion problem? Priority bus corridors (in the short run).

Local leader you most wish you could fire: VDOT head Pierce Homer.

Purple Line or Silver Line? Both!

The best thing Barack Obama could do for Washington is: continue moving it toward [full] self-government, including the parks, prosecutors and judges, and voting rights.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Surface Transit. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions here are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.