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Only a small portion of the Seattle region is considered "urban" in a new report by the Urban Land Institute. Image via RCLco

How Much of Your City Is Really Urban?

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Editor’s note: Read to the end of this post for an important update on the Streetsblog Network. Many places that get categorized as “suburbs” are actually pretty urban. They may not be located in a central city, but they are compact, walkable places. But the inverse is also true: Large portions of nearly every American city are […]

Why Expensive Parking Is a Blessing

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Patrick Kennedy at Dallas Magazine’s Street Smart blog says that when parking gets expensive, the conventional wisdom he hears is that more parking should be built. But what high parking prices really signify, he writes, is simply a strong concentration of businesses and/or housing — the parking isn’t even necessary. To illustrate the point, Kennedy mashed up parking costs compiled by real estate […]

Transit Priority Streets Making a Comeback in D.C.

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Forty years ago, the Washington region had 60 miles of bus lanes on its streets, a network that was erased once Metrorail started operating. Today passengers make about half a million trips on Metro buses each weekday, not a great deal less than Metrorail, but there is no network of priority streets for buses. That’s starting […]