Starting the new year off with summaries from 2015. Here is a collection of STUDI GROUP posts focused on the American Capitol, Washignton, D.C.. Catch up on our commentary from 2015 and get ready for more in 2016!
Well-designed, sustainable, people centered cities are as analogous to freedom as the Bill of Rights; freedoms no one can deny. As we begin to make our cities walkable and sustainable, and undo mistakes made in the 20th century, perhaps we can move from an ideology of “Expensive, and ‘taxing’” to “Affordable, and not ‘taxing’”. Washington, D.C. and cites like it are somewhere in the middle of those two polar extremes.
Cities like Washington, D.C. don’t tax your social life. Why? Things are closer, cars move slower, sidewalks are wider and nicer. All these aspects and more assist in providing more opportunities for both planned and serendipitous human interactions.
In recent decades, humanity has become more aware of its negative impact on the global environment ,by way of building construction and transportation within sprawling cities. The construction and operation of buildings and the transportation we use to get to those buildings are the primary culprits of environmental issues facing our world today, some of such being global warming, ozone depletion, and drastic climate change. Cities similar to Washington, D.C. are helping to reverse those adverse effects.
The United States of America currently holds the Undisputed World Heavyweight Title of well,… heavyweights. Living in a built environment such as Washington, D.C. keeps people active more consistently which ultimately aids in sustaining physical human health and well-being.
Variety of uses in close proximity to each other not only saves time but also helps to keep what's left of your hard earned money in your pockets. Why? Well the major reason is vehicle ownership. Walking and biking as opposed to driving are the preferred methods of transportation for the majority of Washingtonians.
Ending with a postscript, this multi-post blog series will detail how it maybe somewhat expensive, yet much less "taxing" to live in D.C.(or any city like it). The narrative is divided into five categories:Time, Money, Body/Wellness, Environment, and Social Life.