Induced Traffic, Congestion, and Peak Spreading Redux

I’ve written often about induced traffic and its near cousin congestion. But they’re topics for which the lessons are non-intuitive and therefore bear frequent repetition. There were times in my life when I would have … [Read more...]

Dealing with congestion

Last week, Chris Murphy, a US Senator from Connecticut, took on the issue of transportation. He kicked off the conversation by focusing on the commute and invited people to share their ideas for how to fix it. He even … [Read more...]

What we like – and don’t like – about our cities

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a … [Read more...]

Monrovia Town Center – When is a FACT NOT a Fact?

Late on the night of April 23rd, the last night of the Monrovia Town Center hearings, Blaine Young, the President of the Board of County Commissioners and candidate for County Executive, read a letter into the record. … [Read more...]

BOCC hearing on Monrovia Town Center next week matters to all county residents and taxpayers!

On December 10th the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners will have their first public hearing on the controversial Monrovia Town Center (MTC), which proposes to build another 1,510 homes on farmland in … [Read more...]

Make Your Voice Heard on October 23rd (oppose the Monrovia Town Center)

That’s right! On October 23rd, we have the opportunity to make our voice heard in opposition to the proposed Monrovia Town Center. We have the opportunity to right the wrong before it is committed. We get to tell the … [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...]

The ten steps of walkability

In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating walkability. Most of them also have something to do with redressing the deleterious effects caused by our allowing cars … [Read more...]