Where There’s a Road, There’s a Way

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Our roads, no matter where you live in the country, aren’t randomized – even if they seem disorganized in their naming conventions. There are some cities in the United States notorious for their horrendous roads and the way they were planned. Regardless of the condition of the roads in your city, cities with logical street … [Read more…]

Winter is Coming: Blizzards in the Big City

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Major cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit, Boston, and Washington D.C. are routinely hit with severe winter weather. If you’re living in a big city, it’s time to start thinking of how you’ll handle snowstorms this winter. For one thing, snowstorms require a good deal of preparation from both your city and you. … [Read more…]

The Greenest Cities in the U.S.

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  If you’ve ever wondered which cities are the most environmentally friendly, you’re not alone. To answer that question, a list of the greenest cities was recently developed. The list ranks metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs*) with a population of over 1 million people based on these 5 factors: The number of LEED certified buildings per … [Read more…]

That cookie cutter feel

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While there are plenty of economic and cultural arguments for dense, walkable neighborhoods connected by public transit, there’s also the aesthetic argument: Suburban streets are boring, cookie cutter shells of a community. This argument was among the first against suburban development. Before New Urbanists had fully articulated the myriad reasons dense cities are preferable to … [Read more…]

NoVa’s next step: Slowing traffic

To reduce auto dependence, traffic has to slow down.

It’s a great time to be a greater Washingtonian: Unlike many regions, local officials are taking smart growth seriously. The Silver Line is better connecting DC to its far-flung suburbs, and transit options are becoming more diverse. In much of the region, development is focusing on dense housing and mixed-use commercial space. Fairfax County has a … [Read more…]