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Are Streets, Like Fences, A Relic of Another Era?

[Written by Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

“Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost wrote in the poem “Mending Wall.”

It is a line that captures the 1914 poem’s themes of boundaries, ownership, and privacy perfectly. But today, 100 years later, fences are becoming more of a quaint notion in an increasingly urbanized world.

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Why Arlington (and Every Place) Needs More Protected Bike Lanes

[By Paul Goddin, originally appearing in Mobility Lab]

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Chris Eatough, a former professional biker and the director of BikeArlington, envisions an Arlington County where there are more bikes than cars. In order to get there, says Eatough, the county needs to create a connected network of protected bike lanes.

Eatough has spent the last five years helping to guide the county’s transformation into a great place to get around by bike. He spoke about the state of the county’s bike programs at Mobility Lab’s Lunch at the Lab this week.

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Suburbs — The Secret to D.C.’s Soaring Walkability?

[By Paul Goddin, originally appearing in Mobility Lab]

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Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America.

The District’s number-one ranking has surprised some, prompting them to ask how D.C. was able to surpass places such as New York City, which not only contains one of the best subway systems in the world but also that epitome of walkability known as Manhattan. (See the full rankings below.)

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The Rebirth of the Zombie and — Dare I Say it? — Walkable City

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Ever since George Romero’s 1978 film "Dawn of the Dead" (arguably the best zombie film of all time, with a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), zombies have symbolized modern-day anxieties, specifically American consumerism. For what is a zombie but a mindless automaton consuming everything in its path? But give me a little latitude here, because I believe a strong case can be made that zombie movies also mirror migration trends and settlement patterns, and the new movie "Warm Bodies" gives hope that things are headed in the right direction.

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Ride Public Transportation, Find Love?

[By Paul Goddin, originally appearing in Mobility Lab]

There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation.

A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but with dating opportunities as well. There is data suggesting some truth to this idea.

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Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

[Video produced by Paul Mackie and Paul Goddin. Article by Paul Mackie originally appearing in PlanItMetro]

In the video, Ballston Business Improvement District CEO Tina Leone says, “We see the Silver Line as making Ballston the center of the universe. It makes everything even better here. We already have a very active Metro stop, with 26,000 trips per day. We see that growing to 38,000 trips per day along with the Silver Line by 2020. So that’s coming very, very fast.”

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Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins GMU Competition

[By Paul Goddin, originally appearing in Mobility Lab]

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Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies.

That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of Public Policy.

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