As a daily contributor to the NRDC's online Switchboard, Kaid Benfield educates and informs the public about local green initiatives in the D.C. area and beyond. He provides an inside look into everything from Urban Green Infrastructure to Walkable Communities to the defenders of true conservation, sometimes all in the same week.
A local lessen in transit orientation, walkability and supermarket economics
Several weeks ago, I ran a post making the case that transit-oriented development requires more than just transit and development. As the phrase implies, it also requires orientation: the development must relate to and be convenient to the transit. There is also a body of practice and research on the closely linked subject of walkable neighborhoods, which require more than just sidewalks and places you might want to go within theoretical walking distance.