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City Version 3 City Version 3 offers proven strategies to build the foundation for dynamic urbanism.

Version 1 cities developed prior to the car. Then... Version 2 cities sprawled with the car and people became isolated from each other. Version 3 cities strive to take the best of technology and human settlement patterns to build vibrant healthy communities. Reconnect!

Congratulations to the Transit Oriented Development Institute on a great DC Conference this week!
09/30/2016

Congratulations to the Transit Oriented Development Institute on a great DC Conference this week!

Congratulations to our very own Bob Brosnan, the showcase profile in the current APA Virginia newsletter!"Mr. Brosnan ha...
02/19/2016
Planner Profile: Robert Brosnan

Congratulations to our very own Bob Brosnan, the showcase profile in the current APA Virginia newsletter!
"Mr. Brosnan has been a leader in the field of planning for the majority of his career and is committed to remaining actively involved with the planning community. 'While I still have the energy and the interest, there are ways that I can help others with the knowledge and experiences that I had in Arlington to create better places.'”
We are honored to have Bob as part of our City v3 team. Check out the article, reposted on our website.

Article by James May, reposted from the Winter 2016 Newsletter, American Planning Association, Virginia Chapter. No one informed Robert Brosnan that retirement means he can slow down. After thirty-…

Washington Metro's financial woes would be lessened with new mixed-use development at underutilized outlying rail statio...
10/23/2015
Metro needs more development at rail stations

Washington Metro's financial woes would be lessened with new mixed-use development at underutilized outlying rail stations. Build projects in Prince Georges County and the entire region will benefit.

“Creating more transit-oriented development at Metrorail stations is a key strategy for resolving Metro’s funding gaps,” this according to Shyam Kannan, WMATA’s planning chief. Speaking to the Tr…

10/11/2015
The Gabe Klein Interview: Start-Up City

Gabe Klein's new interview about inspiring great places and his awesome book "Start-Up City." 12-minutes of passionate discourse about the promise of cities and "getting sh*t done!" Check it out!

It's our longest interview ever on Streetfilms, but we promise you it's well worth your time if you love streets policy and "getting sh*t done".…

Don't miss the upcoming Transit Oriented Development Conference in DC! (10/20-22)Hosts include: Congress for New Urbanis...
09/22/2015
TOD DC 2015

Don't miss the upcoming Transit Oriented Development Conference in DC! (10/20-22)
Hosts include: Congress for New Urbanism, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Smart Growth America, US High Speed Rail and City Version 3.

Attend the Transit Oriented Development conference in the nations Capital! Leading developers, cutting edge designers, planners, elected officials, building users, and investors are coming together to network and share the excitement and best practices of Transit Oriented Development.

Methods to address concentrated poverty can broadly be categorized into two approaches: a "place-based" typology or a "p...
08/21/2015
Lessons of Yonkers From David Simon’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

Methods to address concentrated poverty can broadly be categorized into two approaches: a "place-based" typology or a "people-based" one. The place-based method would say that to address poverty we should improve the neighborhood by strengthening amenities and services: transportation systems, schools, and so on. The people-based approach would suggest moving people out of these areas. We are in favor of the place-based approach, especially as it pertains to public transit. There's ample evidence that it works, and it's a long-term solution.

A battle over affordable housing, race and class in Yonkers in the 1980s offers some lessons for battles being fought in New York City.

07/18/2015
The millennial boom is over in D.C. Is that terrible news for the economy?

Millennials are still moving to D.C., but at a much reduced pace (while Virginia and Maryland suburbs are experiencing a net loss of this demographic). How will this affect urban trends like housing and transit ridership? Or have we made too much of this generation's importance?

Dubbed this hippest city in America, the District became a magnet for young adults coming out of the recession. No longer.

"If California High Speed Rail is to serve as the backbone of sustainable intercity mobility in the state, the project's...
07/04/2015
Making the Most of High-Speed Rail in California: Lessons from France and Germany | The German...

"If California High Speed Rail is to serve as the backbone of sustainable intercity mobility in the state, the project's definition must extend beyond HSR route planning to include sustainable local transportation connections and careful station area planning. Cities across France and Germany demonstrate how HSR can be a powerful tool for strengthening cities and towns along HSR corridors in economic, social, and cultural terms. With careful planning, the same can be achieved in California."

This report argues that in order for high-speed rail (HSR) to deliver on its promise to 38 million Californians and investors, the project must be designed as the backbone of a comprehensive system for sustainable passenger mobility in California. If HSR is to serve as the backbone of sustainable in…

Omaha explores light rail with advocates touting the experience of numerous other cities: "property values will shoot up...
06/25/2015
Hansen: More than ever, Hal Daub dreams of a light rail for Omaha

Omaha explores light rail with advocates touting the experience of numerous other cities: "property values will shoot up in the three blocks on either side of the tracks, as has happened in many other U.S. cities. Omaha could capture that increased property tax money and use it to help repay the project’s bonds."
Good for Omaha. It's the closest thing to printing money that a city can do!

“We hold back our city’s potential greatly if we don’t do this,” said the former mayor, who has been trying and failing to get it built in Omaha for two decades now and who welcomes the latest proposal.

Transportation matters to both urban and rural. Connecting both to economic opportunity!"Unlike in many other nations, F...
06/24/2015
Map: Where Europe is growing and where it is shrinking

Transportation matters to both urban and rural. Connecting both to economic opportunity!

"Unlike in many other nations, France's population is expanding above E.U. average in rural areas. German researcher Volker Schmidt-Seiwert told WorldViews: 'The country's excellent transport system might help explain why families deliberately decide to stay in rural areas, instead of moving into cities.'"

Despite a disconcerting population decline, some of the continent's growth patterns are surprising.

"The new survey portrays a Capital Bikeshare user base that’s increasingly less reflective of the region’s demographics ...
06/15/2015
The Good and the Bad of the Capital Bikeshare Member Survey

"The new survey portrays a Capital Bikeshare user base that’s increasingly less reflective of the region’s demographics overall."

Capital Bikeshare’s 2014 Member Survey indicates that even as Washington D.C.’s bikeshare service has grown by leaps and bounds, its users have become older, whiter, and wealthier. Most comp...

Washington Metro operates more elevators & escalators than any other rail transit system in the Western Hemisphere. Are ...
05/28/2015
Is it time for Metro to get out of the escalator business?

Washington Metro operates more elevators & escalators than any other rail transit system in the Western Hemisphere. Are these many responsibilities getting in the way of the priority of running trains?

The Washington Metrorail system has many moving parts, many of which have nothing to do with moving trains. Metro operates more elevators (275) and escalators (613) than any other transit system in...

America is ever-changing. Check out the short video (
05/27/2015
Diversity Explosion

America is ever-changing. Check out the short video (

Bill Frey has mapped the contours of the emerging Next America more powerfully and presciently than anyone else. With Diversity Explosion, he gives us nothing less than a field guide to the American future. Frey has looked deep into the data and emerged with a book that is not only comprehensive and…

Congratulations to Mobility Lab, Conveyal and the entire team from Arlington County Commuter Services for creating a gre...
05/22/2015
Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

Congratulations to Mobility Lab, Conveyal and the entire team from Arlington County Commuter Services for creating a great new multimodal tool for navigating the city!

Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work.

05/19/2015
www.therampageonline.com

Realizing that our country's future success requires investments today, young Californians rally together to support High Speed Rail.

Millennials want the amenities of a city downtown, but housing costs are pushing them to live in less pricy neighborhood...
05/16/2015
Where Millennials Are Really Living

Millennials want the amenities of a city downtown, but housing costs are pushing them to live in less pricy neighborhoods nearby.

New research says that only a small proportion of Gen Y-ers stay in downtown areas.

05/09/2015
1900 COLOUR TEAR JERKER FROM THE TIME GURU

A great video showing bustling street scenes during the waning days of the Version 1 City. Filmed mostly in Berlin. Enjoy!

SOMETHING AMAZING FOR YOU.... Real footage of A HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. It was coloured about 10 years ago but I've digitally sharpened it as well as ...

A healthier and more livable DC?There are economical options that everyone can support for taking cars off the roads.
05/07/2015
10 steps to take 100,000 cars off DC's roads

A healthier and more livable DC?
There are economical options that everyone can support for taking cars off the roads.

Want to reduce the number of cars driving around DC each day? The fastest way to do it may be a relatively cheap and non-controversial set of marketing and incentive programs, collectively called Transportation Demand Management (TDM).

Looking forward to the "Transit Means Business" Forum this Friday in Tysons. US Senator Tim Kaine joins business leaders...
05/06/2015
Transit Means Business Forum | Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

Looking forward to the "Transit Means Business" Forum this Friday in Tysons. US Senator Tim Kaine joins business leaders from across the Metro DC Region and the State of Virginia to discuss our future. Registration is open!

Agenda Register Questions? Directions Partners The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce ♦ Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce ♦ Falls Church Chamber of Commerce ♦ Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce ♦ Tysons Partnership ♦ Dulles Rail Corridor Association ♦ Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce ♦ Dulles Ar…

City v3 is a cooperative venture of individuals and enterprises that offer a comprehensive set of expertise focused on u...
05/05/2015
Announcing City Version 3

City v3 is a cooperative venture of individuals and enterprises that offer a comprehensive set of expertise focused on urban mobility strategies. Launch day has finally arrived and we are excited!

Proven strategies for American cities to compete and win America’s cities must compete or face the consequence of decline. Thirty years ago the competition might have been to land the next big IBM ...

"While in Helsinki, I meet a delegation from the city’s Regional TransportAuthority. I’m struck not just by their commit...
04/28/2015
End of the car age: how cities outgrew the automobile

"While in Helsinki, I meet a delegation from the city’s Regional TransportAuthority. I’m struck not just by their commitment to sustainable transport, but their willingness to engage with the public. They send staff into schools and workplaces to try to win converts to walking, cycling and public transport, and take their message to older people, who are usually the most resistant to abandoning their cars."

Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles? Stephen Moss investigates

City v3 Founder Tom Fairchild joins a compelling panel line-up on Transit-Oriented-Development next Tuesday! Don't miss ...
04/16/2015
High Speed Rail Conference DC 2015

City v3 Founder Tom Fairchild joins a compelling panel line-up on Transit-Oriented-Development next Tuesday! Don't miss the latest high-speed rail initiatives to connect our thriving business centers into a national network of opportunity.

Register now for the High Speed Rail Conference - Washington DC, the HSR event of the year! Hear from business and political leaders as America gets its national high speed rail network underway.

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