Tonight at an event at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning I met Harry Mattison, the author of a blog about the
WMATA recently released the 2008 Metrorail Station Access & Capacity Study (PDF) which analyzes how the system can accommodate future growth in detail. David has a good summary of the report’s major recommendations for improvement and expansion. A table in the report caught my eye that showed the estimated number of jobs and households around […]
In a previous post on parking I reviewed some of the region’s bloated parking requirements. Today I was re-visiting the Montgomery County Zoning Code’s parking requirements and decided to post a more detailed list. Although these requirements can be adjusted somewhat for uses near Metro stations or in parking districts or for other reasons, this […]
The blog I co-founded about urban development issues in and around College Park, Maryland, Rethink College Park, has been named one of the web’s Top 10 Urban Planning, Design, and Development websites by the planning portal Planetizen. The award recognizes the hard work and support of all the site’s contributors and others who have provided […]
Where should a proposed rail link between Metro’s suburban Maryland spokes cross the University of Maryland campus? A debate between top administrators and students is brewing on campus about whether the Purple Line should stop at the student union or a quarter of a mile to the north. At issue: the meaning of the campus master plan, pedestrian safety, and perhaps an antiquated “aggie” mentality that placed the College Park Metro station over a mile from campus.
Less than one mile from the District of Columbia stands acres of vacant land. Wildflowers and grasses have gone to seed on a long-abandoned playing field (above). Weeds sprout in a dry, sun-drenched lot (below). An abandoned warehouse sits on land abutting picturesque parkland. Although large lots of undeveloped land inside the beltway are rare […]