Giant of Rockville

Posted: May 13, 2017 in parking lot
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Thank you, Giant of Rockville, for including a pedestrian island in the middle of your parking lot. It’s such a simple yet thoughtful design feature. The trees and benches are nice too. Just remember to leave the pedestrians some room to walk on the sidewalk after they cross from the pedestrian island. Currently, the sidewalk leading to the supermarket is so crammed with flowers that pedestrians have to walk on the road in order to get to the store entrance.

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Mark Fenton of Tufts University has an incisive presentation on the importance of walking and walkability for people’s well-being, and the role of public policy in designing pedestrian-friendly cities. He points out that ancient cities were built for walking. In Pompeii, pictured below, sidewalks were part of the streetscape design.

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I’m honored to have been selected as a Walking College Fellow, Class of 2017, by America Walks.

Along with the other 23 fellows selected from the US and Canada, I will be taking a deep dive over the next six months on the history of walkability, and will learn tools and strategies for making communities more pedestrian-friendly.

The full Walking College Fellowship announcement is here.

Frederick Manhole Covers

Posted: April 30, 2017 in manhole covers
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One of the highlights of a recent trip to Frederick, Maryland, was coming across a variety of manhole covers.

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Frederick, founded in 1745, has sidewalks infused with a sense of history.

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Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County is a lovely place to spend a spring day. With both paved and unpaved walking trails, it offers something for everyone.

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Some mistakes are hard to fix. This picture was taken in Dumbarton Oaks, just north of Georgetown.

Photo courtesy of Steve S.

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