For D.C. Area Residents, a Worthy Take on the Year in Transport

When the Washington Post devoted an entire transportation column to the "best and worst" of 2009 — its content written by interest groups with a stake in adding more lanes for more cars — Streetsblog Network member blog Greater Greater Washington (GGW) took the initiative and sent in its own retrospective.

And in a show of good faith, the Post gave equal time to GGW creator David Alpert and Stewart Schwartz of the D.C. region’s Coalition for Smarter Growth. The Alpert-Schwartz list, printed on Sunday, is worth a read even for those outside of the Washington metro area, if only as an example of savvy watchdogging by transit and livability advocates.

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