Photo from Baltimore InnerSpace.

Parking minimums could kill SE project: A proposed building at 801 Virginia Ave will be offices instead of condos; unfortunately, current parking minimums are higher for offices, groundwater makes digging more parking levels too costly, and without a variance, Infosnack points out we’ll just be stuck with an empty lot.

DCist agrees with parking reform: Removing parking minimums “seems like common sense to us.” Today’s Transit on Thursday hits many of the important points, like the excessive parking in certain new developments and the recent success around the Nationals ballpark.

It’s like Europe: New Columbia Heights found this video interviewing patrons at DCUSA. One European-turned-Washingtonian says, “I really enjoy having people around walking on the streets. It reminds me of Europe.”

Wilson Blvd, Union Station are great: So says the American Planning Association, which named Arlington’s Wilson and Clarendon boulevards (often called the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor) one of its ten great streets, and Union Station one of its ten great public spaces. Rosslyn-Ballston is an amazing success story; I’m less in agreement about Union Station, with its bad plaza and failing mall. Unlike some of the others like NYC’s Central Park or Santa Monica Beach, few people go to Union Station just to hang out on a weekend.

Owings Mills actively blocking pedestrians: At the Baltimore Metro station at Owings Mills, a fence prevents walking from the enormous mall parking lots to the station’s enormous parking lots and into the station. You have to wait for a bus. And the bus listed on the sign doesn’t even exist anymore! (Baltimore InnerSpace)

Also: Smart Growth is not causing our financial crisis; Olney wants to create a town center; MTA Maryland is on Google Transit, while WMATA still isn’t.