The Amazing Resiliency of America's Cities

While we are witnessing the rise of urban bike paths, shared use mobility options, and a renaissance of housing and retail in our cities. These factors came into play through changes in policy, land use, and markets that have taken decades to develop and implement. Setting the table for change takes time. But once the ingredients are in place, change can happen quickly leading to gentrification pressures not previously imagined.

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Walkable for Whom? And to Where?

I’m proud to call Arlington County -- a livability oasis in NoVA -- home. It has become this as a result of decades of strong political leadership, extremely engaged citizens, and a business/development community who sees the value in locating near transit and designing projects that promote transit and walking, outside cafes, street trees and other amenities. However, like many communities, we still lack coordination between the School Board and County, and the reality that architects, engineers and planners rarely design the public realm for children. ​


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