Competing visions for future transportation in the region

As the region works toward improving mobility and, therefore, bringing about greater development possibilities and growth, transportation officials grapple with competing views for the future. (WAMU, 2/17)

The region’s transportation planners are juggling bus lanes, bike lanes, and major highway and rail expansions in an effort to tackle the Washington metropolitan area’s notorious mobility problems. The proposed projects are tossed up in the air by the District and the suburbs and they land in a stack at the Transportation Planning Board, where they get in line for the federal dollars necessary for construction.

But instead of solely producing a regional vision for improving mobility and concentrating development around transit hubs or new interchanges, critics contend the projects represent narrow interests pitting cities against suburbs and transit-oriented communities against car-centered lifestyles.

HOUSING/WRAG | WRAG board member and trustee of the Corina Higginson Trust Wilton Corkern and wife Mary Bruce Batte share why they are investing in Our Region, Your Investment in order to create positive impact and grow the availability of affordable housing in the region. (Daily WRAG, 2/18)

– Washington City Paper checks in with D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities executive director Arturo Espinoza, Jr., three months into his tenure, on his plans to enhance the local arts community months after taking the reins of the organization. (WCP, 2/17)

Related: On March 1, WRAG and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities are co-sponsoring a briefing on the State of Arts Education in DC. This briefing is open to arts funders only.

– Here’s a very quick sneak peek at Dupont Underground’s first art installation. (Borderstan, 2/17)

DISTRICT | In the first of a series of blog posts on D.C.’s TANF (Temporary Assistance for Need Families) program, Consumer Health Foundation‘s Kendra Allen discusses just why these programs are so vital to working-class families in the area. (CHF, 2/5)

– Opinion: Tonya Allen, head of the Skillman Foundation, and Robert Ross, head of the California Endowment (both co-chairs of the Executive’s Alliance on Boys & Young Men of Color), offer nine ways that other foundations can aid men and boys of color in today’s difficult social climate. (Chronicle, 2/18) Subscription required

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ENVIRONMENT | Website tracks progress of Chesapeake Bay restoration (WTOP, 2/17)

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