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Better Bus Feedback-Palooza! in Silver Spring

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Latest Happenings

DC – Support for Giant Rezoning in Ward 3

I am pleased to testify in support of this pedestrian-oriented mixed use redevelopment project. This is a wonderful proposal that is far better than simply replacing an old grocery store with a new one. Thanks to Stop & Shop for making the extra effort to create a truly smart growth project.

Region’s Longest Commutes Show Need for Smart Growth and Transit

Today’s Washington Post (A-1, “A Dubious Distinction: The Longest Ride in the U.S.”) reports on Census Bureau data showing that residents of parts of Prince William and Prince George’s Counties have some of the longest average commutes in the nation. Key issues highlighted in the article:
D.C. - Fair Budget Coalition's Annual Budget Recommendations 2009

D.C. – Fair Budget Coalition’s Annual Budget Recommendations 2009

The Fair Budget Coalition fights for a just and inclusive District of Columbia through advocacy and organizing and by advancing budget and public policy initiatives which reflect the inter-dependency of the District’s community and economic development systems. Organized in 1994, Fair Budget is a coalition of grassroots community groups, human service providers, advocates, faith organizations, and concerned community members.

Cheryl Cort Commentary on WAMU

Our Policy Director, Cheryl Cort, speaks about the importance of investing in transit, walking and biking after the success of Inauguration Day, where 2.6 million people used Metro in three days.

Stimulus – Don’t Give Blank Check to VDOT and MDOT

“The transportation portion of the stimulus badly misses the mark.” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, “It fails to mandate that most of the spending go to maintenance and operations of roads and transit and allows the Virginia and Maryland Departments of Transportation and the other state DOT’s too much authority to allocate $30 billion. That means business as usual instead of the fundamental change we need.”