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This crustacean biologist was obsessed with building a commuter rail subway in DC : This article was first published on April 29, 2019. We love looking back at the history of transit throughout the region, and wanted to share this piece again. Prior to World War II, there were even more commuter rail lines leading into DC than there are now. Most of them ended at Union Station, just like they do today. But in the 1940s a man named Waldo Schmitt proposed a commuter rail subway to bring workers

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29 days ago
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This streetcar used to connect College Park and downtown DC : This article was first published on July 15, 2016. We love exploring how people used to travel throughout the region, and wanted to share this piece with you again. Most of Washington’s original “streetcar suburbs” were built within the District’s boundaries. However, one important corridor of streetcar suburbs went up in Prince George’s County, in the communities along Route 1 south of the Beltway. A map of the route of the Rhod

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Here are seven ways Montgomery County is changing : This article was first published on January 24, 2019. The changes happening in Montgomery County are still relevant, so we wanted to share this piece with you again. Since 1990, Montgomery County has fewer families, more renters, and more working professionals. While some parts of the county are experiencing major demographic and physical changes, others haven’t changed much at all. Those are some of the findings from county planners studyin

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Many people use ZIP codes to determine place names, but that doesn’t work well : This article was first published on February 9, 2018. The conversation around ZIP codes remains a relevant one, so we are sharing this piece with you again. Newcomers to the region are often surprised that much of Maryland and Virginia is unincorporated, meaning local governance is handled solely by the county instead of by town or city government. Since names are usually defined by these town and governments, ha

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Langley Park was already ripe for gentrification, COVID-19 could speed it up : Langley Park in Prince George’s County has weathered disinvestment for decades, but there are now signs that developers are interested in the area. As a so-called ‘first suburb,’ Langley Park’s proximity to DC makes it a probable site for gentrification. Gentrification—a process where state and/or private investment transforms a low-income neighborhood into middle or even upper-income one — is often accompanied by

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Does access to frequent transit affect property values in Baltimore? : This article was first published on November 20, 2018. It’s an interesting study, so we are sharing it again. Almost a year and a half ago, Baltimore’s bus network was redesigned to emphasize high-frequency corridors. While it’s unclear whether frequency has actually improved due to problems with buses running far behind schedule, I recently decided to make a map to see how much of Baltimore is served by frequent transit,

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