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NCPC Needs Bolder Vision for DC’s Pennsylvania Avenue

Comments submitted on April 26, 2022 to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) on The Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative’s Vision and Concepts. NCPC is correct that Pennsylvania Avenue has too much asphalt and space dedicated to cars, but the New Vision is not bold enough to return “America’s Main Street” street to a thriving destination. The … Continue reading

DC’s K Street Transitway Will Be Fantastic with a Few Tweaks

Comments submitted to JMT and DDOT on the 65% designs for the proposed K Street Transitway Washington, DC. The project would repurpose the right-of-way to provide center running bus lanes, protected bike lanes, and four general vehicle travel lanes instead of the current six travel lanes and two lanes of parking. Co-authored with Maxime Devilliers. … Continue reading

Yes, Boston Should Charge for Outdoor Dining. But Don’t Stop There

North End restaurateurs are furious about having to pay a $7,500 flat fee plus $450 to $500 per month per parking space to setup outdoor dining in the street this year. They are furious that restaurateurs in other neighborhoods will not pay the same fees. They are furious and they are wrong. The city should … Continue reading

Zoning for More Housing in Lowell

This 39-page report responded to a summer 2020 motion from Lowell, MA City Councilors to detail ways to modify the City’s zoning ordinance to create more housing. Jared authored this report in October 2020, prior to departing Lowell for the City of Alexandria, VA. The Lowell City Manager released the report publicly in March 2021, … Continue reading

Coming Out (Again)

Today is the 31st National Coming Out Day. This post is an update from the one I shared last year. I started coming out as gay when I was nearly 19 during the summer after freshman year of college. It was a long slog. I had many, many one-on-one conversations that left me emotionally exhausted. I’m so … Continue reading

MBTA Should Cancel Proposed Fare Spike

This is the text of a letter sent on February 25, 2019 to oppose the MBTA fare increases proposed for July 2019. The MBTA is accepting comments through Thursday, February 28. Increasing MBTA fares to plug a small budget gap is a penny-wise, pound-foolish approach to transportation. Chris Dempsey, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, has … Continue reading

BPDA Should Approve Revised Dock Square Garage Project

This is the text of a letter I sent on February 19, 2019 to Michael Sinatra, the BPDA project manager for the Dock Square Garage (20 Clinton Street) project, a proposal to add seven stories with 175+ homes atop the garage plus new ground floor retail. Last April, I criticized the proposal to redevelop the … Continue reading

BPDA Should Approve the Project to Reimagine the Hotel Alexandra

This is the text of a letter I sent on December 12, 2018 to Michael Sinatra, the BPDA project manager for 1767-1769 Washington Street, a proposal to restore the façade of the former Hotel Alexandra and construct a new hotel on the site. The BPDA should approve this project. The proposal balances preserving the ornate … Continue reading

Turn Out, Speak Out, Come Out

Today is the 30th National Coming Out Day. I started coming out as gay when I was nearly 19 during the summer after freshman year of college. It was a long slog. I had many, many one-on-one conversations that left me emotionally exhausted. I’m so glad I did. I’m now out to friends, family, neighbors, … Continue reading

Lower Boston’s Speed Limit and Redesign the Streets

  This is the text of a letter I sent on August 30, 2018 to Boston City Councilors Frank Baker and Ed Flynn. Both Councilors announced earlier that week that they would like to investigate a 20 mph default speed limit in Boston. When a driver struck and killed Colin McGrath a little over a … Continue reading