Tag Archives: region forward

Economy, Housing, Land Use

Activity Centers: Economic Engines and Livable Places

“For many people, this is a neighborhood where you can live, you can work, you can shop, you can have lots of cultural and recreational choices, all in the same place,” explains Harriet Tregoning, Director of the District of Columbia …

Transportation

Building Consensus and Moving Forward on the Regional Transportation Priorities

In recent weeks, dozens of Transportation Planning Board stakeholders have convened to work toward building consensus on the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, a major TPB effort to identify the region’s top transportation priorities.

Until recently, that effort had been …

Coalition Work, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

COG Convenes the Region to Focus on Transportation Priorities, Activity Centers, Part 2

As promised in an earlier Yardstick post, here are the results from our September 27th event, Economy Forward: Help Shape the Future of the Region. America Speaks, an organization which captures opinion data with live electronic polling, helped …

Coalition Work, Land Use, Transportation

Q&A: Mary Hynes, Arlington County Board Member

Mary Hynes was first elected to the County Board in 2007. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as an Arlington School Board member. Hynes is also an active leader at the regional level. She is the Chair of …

Coalition Work, Land Use, Transportation

COG Convenes the Region to Focus on Transportation Priorities, Activity Centers, Part 1

On September 27, many of metropolitan Washington’s elected officials, business leaders and regional planners got together for a frank conversation about the future of the region’s economy. The full-day dialogue – called “Economy Forward: Shaping the Future of the Region” …

Housing

Homelessness Drops 4 Percent in Metropolitan Washington since 2009, but Challenges Remain

A new report shows that although homelessness is continuing to decline in the region, it remains a major problem and two key obstacles – sequestration and a lack of affordable housing – could impede local jurisdictions’ goals to end homelessness …

Land Use

Frederick County’s Activity Centers in the Spotlight

A recent article in the Frederick News Post highlights the County’s Activity Centers and discusses in great detail how concentrating growth and development in these mixed-use places will benefit Frederick’s economy, improve the County’s quality of life, and preserve its …

Climate & Energy

Regional Investment in Energy Efficiency: Good for the Economy and the Environment

Nicole Steele, Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy
& Julia Allman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

It’s long been said that the cleanest, cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use. And consuming less energy doesn’t mean …

Land Use

With the Region Nearing 7 Million People in 2040, Land Use & Transportation Coordination Matters More Than Ever

New forecasts released yesterday show metropolitan Washington’s population growing by more than 30% over the next few decades, reaching nearly seven million by 2040.

How we handle that growth – at 1.6 million additional people, it’s like adding the …

Transportation

Alternatives to drive-alone commuting to see higher % increase in number of trips, commute share

Between now and 2040, the share of people in metropolitan Washington who drive alone to and from work each day is expected to fall while the share of people who choose to carpool, bicycle, or walk to work will increase, …

Land Use

Activity Centers: Where Metropolitan Washington is Growing

Regional leaders voted today to approve an updated set of Activity Centers for metropolitan Washington.* These 141 Centers include existing urban centers, traditional towns, transit hubs, as well as areas expecting future growth.

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Environment

Report highlights region’s agriculture and challenges for the future

Known as home to the federal government, major defense contractors, biotech firms, and universities, it may come as a surprise that agriculture also plays a major role in metropolitan Washington’s land use and economy.

About 28% of the region’s land …

Alice Rivlin discusses “fiscal cliff” & metro Washington’s long-term economic outlook

Alice Rivlin, a senior economist at the Brookings Institution and an expert on the federal budget, said she believes the President and Congress will reach an agreement to avoid the mandatory tax and spending cuts known as the Fiscal Cliff. …

Traffic and transit congestion to worsen without changes in funding, policy

As we noted last week, new TPB analysis shows that metro Washington’s already major traffic and transit congestion will continue to worsen without greater investment in transportation infrastructure and changes in land use policy throughout the region. The following post

Congestion to worsen further without investment in transportation network and changes in land use

Metro Washington’s already notorious traffic congestion is set to get even worse in the coming decades according to new analysis by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB).

The analysis indicates that the region will continue to experience worsening …