Early thoughts about Governor Hogan’s proposed new lanes on I270

Last week, Governor Hogan proposed an ambitious $9 billion project that includes adding four new lanes to the Maryland portion of the Beltway, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Interstate 270 from the Beltway to … [Read more...]

Our old planning rules of thumb are “all thumbs”

We all know and use rules of thumb. They’re handy for simplifying otherwise difficult problems and quickly making reasonably prudent decisions. We know that we should measure twice and cut once, that a stitch in time … [Read more...]

The new science of traffic engineering

If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people’s varied modes … [Read more...]

Former Secretary of Planning critical of Gov. Hogan on Red Line, Baltimore and sprawl

The following is a letter to the "Baltimore Sun" editor that was submitted on Monday, but was not run. The letter is a response to an Op-Ed in the Sun, written jointly by a Republican state senator from western Maryland … [Read more...]

FACT meeting ignores the elephant in the room

Monday morning, the Frederick Area Committee for Transportation (FACT) held their regular monthly meeting. As reported in the Frederick News Post, a discussion about the recent FACT letter supporting the controversial … [Read more...]

Six ways that thoughtful community planning can help fight climate change

It is almost a tautology to declare that our future, and that of our children and their children, depends on how we shape our communities for the 21st century and beyond. Here in the US, we’re going to be growing, and … [Read more...]

Frederick: A Bicycle-Friendly Community

In 2010, Frederick mayor Randy McClement, with the assistance of city planner Tim Davis and the newly-created Frederick Bicycle Coalition, formed what was then termed the “Mayor’s Ad-hoc Bicycle Committee”. Numerous … [Read more...]

Open Letter to the Frederick County Planning Commission

My name is Steven McKay and I have been a resident of Monrovia for the past 15 or so years. On October 23rd, the Planning Commission will convene to decide upon the Monrovia Town Center development. There are many … [Read more...]