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Archive for Washington D.C.

April 26, 2017
A 1% Sales Tax Could Save D.C.’s Metro
Greater Greater Washington

If officials in the Washington region have any hope of fixing Metro, they must find dedicated funding for it, and soon, according to a new report presented today to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments — $650 million a year worth.

April 20, 2017
April 19, 2017
Montgomery Co.’s BRT Met With Skepticism, Praise

As Montgomery County considers building a $21 million Bus Rapid Transit line on U.S. Route 29 from Burtonsville to Silver Spring, a recent public hearing had residents lining up to share their views on the proposal.

Should Balcony Signs, Flags Be Visible From Nats Park?
Greater Greater Washington

A residential apartment building with balconies visible from Nats Park is threatening to fine its residents if they don’t take down signs and flags hanging from their balconies. Some are baseball team logos, others are “Trump” and “Not Trump.” But what do owners they gain from it?

April 18, 2017
D.C. Metro Unveiling Plan To Save Itself

Virginia’s transportation secretary said Tuesday that Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is ready to release his plans for dedicated funding for the Metro system, and to deal with what Wiedefeld has called the agency’s unsustainable cost model.

April 17, 2017
D.C.’s Clean Water Tunnel, Complete
Governing Magazine

A tunnel-boring machine recently dug a two-and-a-half-mile-hole beneath the surface of the nation’s capital. It only took 366 days.

April 13, 2017
Remembering The Basics Of Good Urban Planning
Greater Greater Washington

GGWash used to run more posts about the basics of urbanism than we do today. A few years ago, we had a core group of writers that was still cutting its teeth in the planning world, and a byproduct of that was frequent content about simple things that make places better for people.

April 11, 2017
April 10, 2017
April 5, 2017
Reston’s Paid Parking Battle Was a Long Time Coming

In early March, several hundred people demonstrated in Reston Town Center against a major injustice. No, this wasn’t a protest about ending Obamacare or about violence against Muslim-Americans or gutting the EPA’s budget. It was against paying for parking.

April 3, 2017
March 30, 2017
March 26, 2017
The Architecture of an Asylum
Huffington Post

On 300 acres in Washington D.C., where Dorothea Dix once helped organize a 19th-century mental hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard now operates its headquarters. The Department of Homeland Security soon will follow, with mixed-use development not far behind.

March 23, 2017
D.C. Metro “Austerity” Budget Passes

WMATA enters an era of austerity today as the transit authority’s board gave final approval to a “shared sacrifice” plan to close a projected $290 million shortfall in the system’s $1.8 billion operating budget.

Map Shows D.C.’s True Urban/Suburban Divide
Greater Greater Washington

Where does “the city” start and end? Some might say it’s the District line. But in reality, the lines between “city” and “suburb” are more unclear than you think.

March 19, 2017
Capitol Hill: ‘Historic’ By Decree
Dirt Americana

Capitol Hill touts itself as one of the nation’s largest and most intact historic districts. Yet, for the most part, the expansive residential district, remains fully outside the orbit of the tourists that throng to the Mall’s attractions every summer.

March 15, 2017
D.C.’s Historic Canal Park To Undergo Transformation

James Corner Field Operations, the urban design and landscape architecture firm behind the High Line in New York City, has been selected by Georgetown Heritage to complete a similar transformation of a historic canal in the Washington D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown.

March 13, 2017
When Will Streetcars Through Downtown Washington?

District streetcar planners believe it will be possible to extend the initial line in Northeast Washington more than three miles to the west – from Union Station through downtown D.C. to Georgetown – using affordable technology that will not require overhead power lines.

March 8, 2017
March 7, 2017
D.C.’s Protected Bike Lane Progress
Bike Portland

With about 16 miles of protected bike lanes already built in its downtown core, D.C. is well on its way to making a connected network that makes commuting as easy as other modes. This morning’s tour focused on one project in particular: the protected bikeway on 1st Street NE.

March 6, 2017
There’s No Solution To D.C.’s Congestion
Washington Post

Every once in a while — and perhaps especially now, if we’re really going to talk about a trillion-dollar infrastructure program — we need to revisit the basics: “This is probably a column-length question, but what are the solutions to traffic congestion in the D.C. region?”

March 2, 2017


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