1. [Downtowns] have become … too predominately devoted to work and contain too few people after working hours. This condition has been more or less formalized in planning jargon, which no longer speaks of ‘downtowns’ but instead of ‘CBDs’—standing for Central Business Districts. A Central Business District that lives up to its name and is truly described by it is a dud.
    — 

    Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

    What’s remarkable is that this book was written more than half a century ago. It really is such a fresh and powerful and game-changing set of pages. 

     
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    Car2Go is launching its car-sharing in Washington, D.C. on March 24 with about 200 of these little vehicles and will compete with Zipcar and Hertz On Demand. Registration is open now. 

    Car2Go is launching its car-sharing in Washington, D.C. on March 24 with about 200 of these little vehicles and will compete with Zipcar and Hertz On Demand. Registration is open now. 

     
  3. A new documentary about Pruitt-Igoe is coming out in 2012 and I can’t wait to see it. 

     
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    How bikesharing came to Washington D.C.—from SmartBike to Capital Bikeshare, in photos
Learn how our nation’s capital became the first city in North America to host a government-funded bikesharing program! Today Capital Bikeshare is celebrating its first birthday and just hit a million rides.

    How bikesharing came to Washington D.C.—from SmartBike to Capital Bikeshare, in photos

    Learn how our nation’s capital became the first city in North America to host a government-funded bikesharing program! Today Capital Bikeshare is celebrating its first birthday and just hit a million rides.