The public restroom bill passes: DC is on its way to more bathrooms downtown

We are thrilled to report that on Tuesday, December 18 at 2:45 pm the DC Council passed Bill 22-0223, Public Restroom Facilities Installation & Promotion Act of 2018. This a major step forward in addressing the lack of publicly available restrooms in our downtown area.

Where the Washington region is zoned for single-family homes: an update

Yesterday I wrote a post about single-family zoning in the Washington region. I got a lot of constructive feedback on the post, some of which was incorporated into revisions. Readers also wanted to know why I hadn't disaggregated undevelopable land, such as agricultural reserve, preserved open space, and federal lands from single-family zoning. Well…

Our region has good transit compared to others, a new “opinionated atlas” says

Christof Spieler, an urban planner and former Houston Metro board member, has written one of the best transit/planning books I’ve read in a long time. Its articulate descriptions of what makes for good transit and well-researched profiles of 47 metro areas give you the foundation necessary for having an insightful conversation.

The RFK site is one step closer to positive redevelopment—if Bowser and Evans don’t give it away first

Last weekend, the Washington Post reported that DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmember Jack Evans were working with Congressional Republicans, the Trump administration, and Washington football team owner Dan Snyder to insert a rider amendment to a bill that would help pave the way for the city to build a new stadium for the team at the current RFK site.

Swaths of Fairfax are emphasizing transit and walkability. Why not Fair Oaks?

Fairfax is a big county with big plans. New transit lines accompanied with ambitious land use plans aim to transform areas like Tysons Corner, Reston, and Herndon in the northern half of the county, while the Embark Richmond Highway Plan is guiding growth in the southern portion. But what about the middle?

Here’s how much of the Washington region is off-limits to growth

The US urbanist community has been profoundly shewk by Minneapolis moving last week to end single-family zoning citywide. It raises the question: How much of the Washington region is locked into the least-intensive level of land use via the type of zoning that Minneapolis will now end?

Who runs your street? Different governments overlap, so Arlington is simplifying.

Commuters may soon see safer bicycle lanes and pedestrian facilities in Arlington’s Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, though the details are up to you. There's a reason why these lanes weren’t there before, and that reason is still an issue for streets and roads across the Washington region.

National links: Cities are still grappling with Robert Moses’ highway legacy

Should NYC tear down the outdated Brooklyn-Queens Expressway? Businesses still want a lot of parking, even as some developers are trying to reduce it. The term “smart city” may be overused, but this report clarifies what a smart city actually is.

People use the built environment how they want and need—not always how it’s intended

Ever since the opening of Phase I in October 2017, the Wharf in DC has seen flocks of people at its restaurants, historic fish market, boardwalk and various piers. The “Recreation Pier” has public swings that are one of the first urban elements you see when entering the Wharf through 7th Street.

Ask GGWash: Should I commute between Baltimore and DC?

I just spent the past year living in Baltimore and commuting to work in DC. Since housing is so expensive in the District, a lot of people have asked me whether I would recommend commuting between the two cities.

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