Mall plus plus: The July 2006 issue of Washingtonian presented a vision for the National Mall that would create landfill and new canals behind the Jefferson Memorial to create space for new memorials and a relocated Supreme Court; the VRE tracks would also be buried to restore Maryland Avenue as a mirror of Pennsylvania. Thanks Nick!

Streetcars across Alexandria: Here’s a March 2005 proposal for streetcars across the City of Alexandria. Thanks Steven!


Left: Proposal for the Mall. Right: Alexandria streetcar proposal.

How to make restaurants work: Richard Layman has some concrete suggestions for making neighborhood restaurants work, with a special eye to Georgia Avenue and H Street.

Don’t call me Shirlington: Arlington just opened a bus transfer station in Shirlington, making a fairly car-oriented part of Arlington a little more transit-oriented. “This is a great example of where you can do transit-oriented development even when you don’t have a rail station,” said WMATA Chairman and Arlingtonian Chris Zimmerman.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). 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 in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.