Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"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.

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Press release from Action Committee for Transit and Purple Line Now

With the Purple Line already a defining issue in the race for governor of Maryland, the planned light rail line is moving further into the spotlight with a new website,, that highlights the candidates' records on that issue. The website was compiled by the Action Committee for Transit, a citizen advocacy group that is independent of the candidates for office.

Volunteers from ACT and Purple Line Now are launching the website by taking to the highways Wednesday morning to announce it to the commuting public. Drivers exiting the Beltway will see a series of signs held by the Purple Line supporters:

Enjoy Beltway Driving?
Vote Purple Line

The signs will be displayed from 7:00 to 9:00 am at exits on the Beltway between Bethesda and New Carrollton. The new rail line will run parallel to this highly congested section of the highway, offering commuters a way to avoid the traffic jams.
"With the Purple Line such an important issue in this election, voters need a way to get past the fluff and learn the facts," commented Ralph Bennett, president of Purple Line Now, a coalition of citizen, environmental, labor, and business groups. "We do this because we believe that an informed voter is the bedrock of the American system," added Ben Ross, president of the Action Committee for Transit. ACT has published scorecards showing candidate positions on the Purple Line and other transit issues in every state election since 1998.
Images courtesy of Action Coalition for Transit.

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