Even if the increasing density of the Washington region is a good thing, it’s important to acknowledge the negative effects these changes bring to portions of the population. (Atlantic Cities) Twitter
What is suburbia?
When suburbanites think of the city, they think crime and noise, grit and crowds. When urbanites think of the suburbs, they think lawns and malls and freeways without end. But where do small, old cities fit in? Is Alexandria less a city than DC just because it’s quiet? (Atlantic Cities) Twitter
“Dumbest column” hates CaBi
Since Capital Bikeshare opened, astoundingly almost nobody has criticized it, but one Washington Times columnist manages to in what Alan Suderman calls “the dumbest column [he]‘s ever read.” Update: You can avoid giving the Times click-through traffic and see most of it quoted in a rebutal on DCist. Twitter
At least 1,200 apartments and condos are under construction in downtown Richmond, where the vacancy rate is half that of the area. It’s not as much as DC’s 11,000 or so, but shows that DC is no fluke. (Times-Dispatch) Twitter
Subways take similar shapes
Despite cities’ varying geography, it turns out almost all large transit systems have basic commonalities, like the ratio between the core and branches or proportion of transfer stations. (Scientific American, Bossi) Twitter