There are only 350,000 of the current model SmarTrip cards left, and the manufacturer stopped making them. This is a good thing, because this fall WMATA will switch to a cheaper card and charge riders less. (Examiner) Twitter
There is a strong correlation between residential density and transit mode share, stronger even than job density in a city’s central business district, but that may not be the whole story. (Old Urbanist) Twitter
What was zoning for?
Urbanists, especially the libertarian ones, tend to criticize zoning for the way it artificially restricts urban development, but the original arguments in favor of zoning codes were concerned with many of the issues urbanists would raise today: development externalities, squatting on a vacant parcel, and safety. (SCC) Twitter
How cars took over
At first, people thought pedestrians had the right to use the road. That changed thanks to public campaigns by car companies, AAA, and corporate-sponsored media. (Scientific American) Twitter