Lunch links: Bad land use decision edition
Proposed donor wall inside the MLK Memorial Visitors Center. Image from the MLK Memorial foundation.
Congressional whack-a-mole: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton spends a huge amount of her time fighting bills to add new memorials which pop up with alarming frequency. Harriet Tregoning, no surprise, has the better answer: "A high-performing transportation system" to get people from the Mall to other memorial sites throughout the city.
New York isn't always more progressive: NYC DOT is now one of the nation's best, but their land-use decisions aren't as good (the inverse of DC's situation, where OP is the most progressive and DDOT is mixed). In Manhattan's Hudson Yards area, atop rail yards on the West Side and the last major undeveloped parcel around Midtown, Extell wants to build a big-box Costco with 2,300 parking spaces, Streetsblog reports.
The rest of Midtown, all the way to both rivers, is entirely walkable and has some of the lowest rates of car ownership and car commuting in the country; the last thing we should be building is an auto-oriented retail complex. The Bloomberg administration proposed Seriously, we subsidize cars a lot: Slate has an article examining the many ways we subsidize auto ownership. Ryan Avent would add how gas taxes don't cover the costs of even building the roads themselves, let alone the other, subtler subsidies the Slate article lists.
Seriously, we subsidize cars a lot: Slate has an article examining the many ways we subsidize auto ownership. Ryan Avent would add how gas taxes don't cover the costs of even building the roads themselves, let alone the other, subtler subsidies the Slate article lists.
- The war on Dana Milbank's car
- Two maps that explain what DC might look like as a state
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- Have you been "walkblocked"? Are you "zonely"? New terms sprout in the urbanist lexicon
- David Catania's platform supports Metro, streetcars, bus lanes, bike lanes, transit-oriented development, and more
- This German city's monorail redefines river transportation
- "We built this city on: hot hipsters." Cards Against Urbanity wants to make you laugh