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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 »

Dr. Myra Blanco, photo courtesy of Virginia Tech University

Time is On Our Side With Automated Vehicles

A man climbs into the cab of a tractor trailer, hauling himself into the massive driver’s seat and shutting the door behind him as if settling into a captain’s chair. The steering wheel is massive, evoking the wheel of a mighty sailing ship even at it protruds from a dashboard covered in electronic controls and… Read more »

How to Combat “Bikelash?” Embrace It

There will always be those who are resistant to change. These are the people who fight the Columbia Pike Streetcar despite credible evidence of its return on investment. These are the ones who use rhetoric like “war on cars” and are fond of excessive punctuation. And lately, these are the people who write angry op-eds… Read more »

Arlington Looks to Avoid Parking “Tragedy of the Commons”

Parking isn’t something many people think about until it’s unavailable. Even city planners have historically considered parking somewhat of an afterthought. Cities are paying more attention to the resource lately, however, in part due to the influence of one book in particular: The High Cost of Free Parking, by UCLA professor and urban planner Donald Shoup…. Read more »

Cities Need Connectivity Czars for Seamless Public Transportation

Perhaps the time has come for larger transit systems to employ a connectivity director, an energetic, get-things-done type to pave the way for riders. The ideal candidate would have an understanding of the current challenges and would possess the political skills, technological grasp, and imagination necessary to make a transit experience as free from technical… Read more »

Build It and They Might Come: Why the Path to a Vibrant City is Not Merely Walkable

It’s no secret that I’m an avid proponent of “good” urban design, walkability, and dynamic cities. I’ve bemoaned the lack of those elements in my hometown (Miami) loudly and repeatedly (see my rant about the bright blue Public Storage building at the corner of my mom’s block). So the fact that ever more planners, government officials,… Read more »

Arguments Against Non-Motorized Transport Development Beginning to Lose Steam

Why are the relatively modest costs of sidewalks, bicycle lanes and paths, and pedestrian improvements met with suspicion and hostility by the conventional auto-oriented transportation community? What are the true costs and the true benefits of these projects? Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute has provided many of these answers in his latest… Read more »