"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Testing light rail in Norfolk, Virginia
Video from the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.
It will be the first light rail system in Virginia (using the same kind of vehicles that will run on the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland), and has been subject of a lot of controversy in terms of cost overruns (which are typical, actually) and the like. The system will run in Norfolk and there is various back and forth wrt extending the system to Virginia Beach ("Is light rail's next stop Virginia Beach?").
I am an urban/commercial district revitalization and transportation/mobility advocate and consultant and a principal in BicyclePASS, a bicycle facilities systems integration firm, based in Washington, DC. Urban economic competitiveness is dependent on efficient transit and mixed use, compact places. Therefore, I end up writing mostly about mobility and urban design. While I am based in and write about Washington, DC issues, I try to write so that "universal lessons" are evident in the entries.