Category Urban Policy

Getting Washington Metro’s Budget On Track

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The last two years of SafeTrack maintenance plus decades of fiscal mismanagement have placed a huge strain on the bottom line at the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Due to overlapping jurisdictions between D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, WMATA funding is a budgetary hot potato, as each local […]

Staying Above Water: Crafting a More Sustainable National Flood Insurance Program

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Reporting on Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath has died down, but the 82,000 people who filed flood insurance claims after the disaster are still awaiting relief. These homeowners, developers and property managers are covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a FEMA program that subsidizes insurance premiums for these […]

Notes from the Policy Field: Building or Rebuilding Cities for Growth

Event: 4th World Bank / George Washington University / IGC-Cities Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference, “Building or Rebuilding Cities for Growth” Date: 09/08/17 Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on whether the format of the event facilitated policy change or improvement. Event effectiveness rating: 3.5 […]

Food for thought: the farmers market as a model for redevelopment

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In a poll conducted last year, the Washington Post posed the following question to assess perceptions of redevelopment in DC: As you may know, the District government is trying to redevelop parts of the city to attract new businesses and residents. Do you think this process of […]

Security Policy and Urban Policy: Uncomfortable Bedfellows

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Here’s a thought experiment: if the US capital were planned and built from scratch today, what would it look like? Would we still have the Paris-inspired streets of the L’Enfant Plan, or the dense neoclassical government buildings of Federal Triangle? Since the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing of […]

New Bill Makes DC Poised to Become National Leader in Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act of 2015 — a bill introduced to the District of Columbia city council by councilwoman Mary Cheh — could produce some  of the most significant policy changes to street design and pedestrian safety in the city’s history. The recommendations that went […]

Can Body Cameras Decrease D.C.’s Growing Homicide Rate? Mayor Muriel Bowser Places Her Bet on the New Technology

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There have been 123 homicides in the District of Columbia as of October 16, 2015. Compared to 2014 crime data, the District homicide rate has increased by 44 percent. Previously known as the “murder capital,” D.C. has experienced decreasing homicide rates since the 1990s. The increased rate […]