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Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative”… Read more »

Demand for Mixed-Use Places Could Drive Transit Growth

Transportation choice in America is largely a product of where one lives, which is both directly and indirectly dependent upon core values and attitudes. This is a major finding in TransitCenter’s Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey, and it supports the idea that transportation and land use are inextricably linked. While there is a high… Read more »

Suburbs – The Secret to D.C.’s Soaring Walkability?

Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America. The District’s number-one ranking has surprised some, prompting them to ask how D.C. was able to surpass places such as New York City, which not only contains one of the best subway… Read more »

How I Got Involved in Walkability and Placemaking

Late last year, I immersed myself in the study of walkability, New Urbanism, livable communities, business improvement districts (BIDs), and placemaking. I read about the subjects, talked with experts, and attended meetings in both my prior home town Austin and my newly adopted home Washington D.C. If you are unfamiliar with the term, “walkable urbanism”… Read more »

ModeScore Rates Accessibility of Buildings to Multiple Transportation Options

A “transit premium” can increase property values by anywhere between a few percentage points up to more than 150 percent. As the business development manager of Developer Services at Arlington Transportation Partners, I spend a lot of time thinking about sustainable development, and how transportation access can improve building performance, sustainability and marketability. For my… Read more »

As Arlington Gets Denser, Planners Study How To Right-Size Parking Lots

This article was originally published by Martin Di Caro of WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington D.C. In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a nationwide manual… Read more »

Healthy Benefits are Another Reason to Invest in Capital Bikeshare

Capital Bikeshare is a mobility management strategy that results in improved health – and health cost savings – of riders. Health Implications of the Capital Bikeshare Program, a study by George Washington University students, identifies promising findings that could make a strong impact on bikeshare members and people in the Washington D.C. region in general…. Read more »

Walking is the Pill That Could Start a Healthcare Revolution

The next big health care breakthrough – which could cut rates of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and Alzheimer’s by at least 40 percent and save Americans $100 billion a year – comes from a place you’d least expect. On your block. At the park. Everywhere. So what’s this amazing treatment, which also happens to… Read more »

Arlington Leads the Way into a Walkable Future

I recently had the pleasure of attending a joint symposium, hosted by The George Washington University and The Urban Land Institute, about how the trend towards creating walkable urban places can impact real-estate development. I’m not a real-estate professional. I don’t even own a home. Yet, I still found the day incredibly fascinating. Several speakers noted that Arlington,… Read more »

Real-Estate Market Has Shifted from Suburban to Walkable Urban

Home-buyers in the Washington DC region will now pay 71 percent more for a home in a walkable area than one in the drive-only suburbs. This is among the wealth of new findings in a report released this week that examines 43 “walkUPs” – or walkable, urban places – in the region, and how they… Read more »