Mayor Muriel Bowser

A proposed cross section of a center-running, protected bus lane.

D.C. Fare-Free Transit Program Could Come at the Expense of the K Street Transitway

When presented with a choice between investing in improved service or funding a fare-free program, the D.C. Council is choosing fare-free transit, and potentially overriding the wishes of the mayor.

May 2, 2023 - The Washington Post

14th Street Traffic

Open Letter to D.C. Mayor Calls for End to Traffic Violence

After a driver fatally struck a toddler, D.C.-area pedestrian and cycling advocates ask the District to take stronger action to prevent traffic fatalities.

September 24, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Washington D.C.

New Homeless Plan for D.C. Aims for Post-Pandemic Reset

Washington, D.C. is looking to build on some past success, and recover from some setbacks, with the adoption of a new plan to address homelessness called Homeward 2.0.

July 19, 2021 - DCist

D.C. Land Use Map

D.C. Comprehensive Plan Update Needs Equity Improvements, Report Says

The new D.C. Office of Equity has produced an evaluation of proposed changes to the D.C. Comprehensive Plan.

April 22, 2021 - DCist

Washington, D.C. Local Government

Chief Equity Officer Appointed for the Local Government in D.C.

A new effort to counter the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic and the systemic inequalities that long predated the pandemic is underway, with new leadership, in the nation's capital.

April 6, 2021 - DCist

Urban Living

Inclusionary Zoning Expanded in D.C.

The Washington, D.C. Planning Commission voted to expand the District's inclusionary zoning program, acting a year after the D.C. Office of Planning set out to expand the program.

March 19, 2021 - Urban Turf

BLM Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Comprehensive Plan Update Stokes Controversy in D.C.

Complex political dynamics are mustering for a showdown over D.C.'s comprehensive plan.

March 3, 2021 - The Washington Post


An American Lockdown

Words matter. Road safety advocates know that "crashes are not accidents." Similarly, calling coronavirus restrictions "lockdowns," fails to distinguish the severity among public health orders. On January 6, America experienced a true lockdown.

January 25, 2021 - NPR

Bus Lane

More Bus Lanes Coming to the Nation's Capital

Three new stretches of street will prioritize bus traffic in Washington, D.C. in the name of faster service and social distancing.

July 14, 2020 - DCist


Slow Streets Are Coming to D.C.

Seven streets in Washington, D.C. will have speed limit reduced to 15 miles per hour following a District-wide 20 miles per hour local road speed limit set at the end of May.

June 18, 2020 - Urban Turf

14th Street Traffic

20 Is Plenty in D.C., Starting Today

Speed limits in Washington, D.C. are safer for everyone.

June 1, 2020 - The Washington Post

Washington, D.C.

The Days of Two Remaining D.C. Urban Renewal Plans Could Be Numbered

Urban renewal plans for Downtown D.C. and the Shaw neighborhood are all that's left of a mid-20th-century planning effort.

February 12, 2020 - Bisnow

Capitol Hill DC

How D.C.'s Comprehensive Plan May Change

Along with a commitment to produce more affordable housing, Washington D.C. is making general amendments to its Comprehensive Plan. The result may be more "honesty" and nuance around housing.

November 7, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

K Street Extension

After Decades of Planning: New Life for K Street Transitway in Washington, D.C.

Planners in multiple decades have sought to dedicate center lanes of K Street in downtown Washington, D.C. to high-capacity transit. The mayor recently offered a strong show of support.

March 21, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

D.C. Comp Plan

A Millennial Planning Director for D.C.

Andrew Trueblood, 35 years old and just under the threshold of Millennial status, has been nominated to the deal the Washington, D.C. Office of Planning.

February 7, 2019 - Curbed Washington D.C.

Solar Houses

District of Columbia to Adopt the Nation's Strongest Renewable Energy Target

Move over, Hawaii and California, with your ambitious goals of going to 100 percent renewable electricity generation by 2045. The District's city council passed legislation on Tuesday that sets 2032 as the target to reach 100 percent renewable.

December 23, 2018 - Huffpost

D.C. Mayor Proposes New Enforcement Measures to Support Vision Zero

Making a speeding ticket a lot more expensive might convince drivers to slow down.

October 3, 2018 - WJLA

Historic Washington Mall

Effective Mobility Taxes Need Better Data

The District of Columbia is attempting to build a data-based model for the mix of public and "shared" transportation modes on its streets, but is still finding holes in the data necessary to build new policies.

April 25, 2018 - The Washington Post

Urban Setting

Tax Abatements Could Spur Adaptive Reuse in Washington, D.C.

Faced with commercial vacancies around 11 percent and the prospect of new office supply coming online soon, D.C. stakeholders are pushing for a bill that would provide incentives for conversions of office buildings into residential units.

January 18, 2018 - The New York Times

14th Street Traffic

A Growing D.C. Corridor Gets Badly Needed Bus Service

The new 59 bus route down 14th Street in Washington, D.C. represents a major win for transit advocates.

January 16, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

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