Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Columbia Heights in a city planning video

A reader sent this is, it's a video from a contest about New Urbanism, the city planning theory that cities should be more walkable and less devoted to cars, have more transit-oriented development, and so on, and it shows Columbia Heights as an example. Pretty cool.

CH is definitely a place where you don't need a car, and the new development has shown that - take the DCUSA parking garage, for example.


  1. New Urbanists don't do count nouns, nevermind math. I'm upset at the phrase "we'd have less cars", but I'm more upset that their key figure, total carbon footprint -- they didn't even take a guess at it!

  2. this was a pretty sweet vid.

  3. My quibble. I take public transportation to work and almost everywhere else I go. However, the one place I always need/want my car is C.H. anytime I plan to return home at night because it's not safe to walk 6 blocks from the metro to my house. I'll take the chance of walking at night now and then, but not on a regular basis because I know the odds are not in my favor. Get crime in our neighborhood under control and *then* I won't need a car in C.H.


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