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ELGL’s 2017 Traeger Award Winners

Chris Hamilton #42 on 2017 Chris Traeger 100 List Engaging Local Government Leaders‘ (ELGL) Chris Traeger List recognizes the top 100 influencers in local government. Chris Traeger was the city manager for the fictional City of Pawnee, Indiana on the show Park and Recreation. He was known for extreme energy and commitment to improving local government. The […]

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It’s Too Early!

Friends of Car-Free Key West‘s Chris Hamilton joins Key West journalist Gwen Filosa on her weekday morning show “It’s Too Early!” on Island 106.9 FM on December 17, 2019. Gwen and Chris had a rollicking good time talking about bikes and cars, about some wonderful new things the City of Key West is doing, about […]

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10 Tools to Tackle Most Any City’s Downtown Traffic and Parking Problems

This post is derived from a discussion given at The Last Stand Neighborhood Forum on Transportation and Affordable Housing on June 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, FL and has been updated with additional information over the last year. A snippet of video from the event is here . Cities small […]

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11 Books About Fighting for and Building People-First Cities

These inspiring leaders have authored 11 great and recent books on how to design and build walk, bike, transit and people-friendly cities showing us the strategies to make the places we call home more prosperous, green, healthy and happy as a result. Read them and join the revolution. People and businesses want to be in […]

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Bribing Biz is the Old Economic Development. Building Bike Infrastructure is the New Way.

It didn’t feel right when I heard via the Washington Business Journal that Arlington County, Virginia paid energy company Opower $2M to remain and not move away (Opower to Remain In Arlington, February 8, 2016; Daniel J. Sernovitz). This goes against years of policy of not paying companies in money or tax breaks to stay or come to the County. Arlington […]

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How To Get Stuff Done In the Face of Bureaucracy

Thank goodness this book is out. Start-Up City – Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun is sorely needed right now. Cities are at the forefront of taking on addressing issues at the intersection of demographics, technology, transport, climate, housing, equity, and health, but are largely ill equipped to respond. Entrepreneur, […]

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A Dozen Easy Principles for Public Sector Program Success

This post is adapted from a memo I prepared for my department’s management back in 2013. At the time, the Department of Environmental Services (DES)‘ new Director engaged the services of Denison Consulting to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of the organization. DES is Arlington County’s second largest department, with 15 Bureaus and nearly 1,000 […]

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Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used To Improve Our Health

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]

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Chris Hamilton to speak at Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health (UD/MH)

Meet our speakers: Chris Hamilton Chris Hamilton is the President of Active Transport for Cities. Previously Bureau Chief of Commuter Services for Arlington Department of Transport, he has been called an ‘active transport guru’. He will be speaking at our launch event on 7/7/15. Learn more and register here. Where are you originally from, and […]

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10 steps to take 100,000 cars off DC’s roads

Originally posted on the Greater Greater Washington blog on May 6, 2015. Want to reduce the number of cars driving around DC each day? The fastest way to do it may be a relatively cheap and non-controversial set of marketing and incentive programs, collectively called Transportation Demand Management (TDM). Image from Mobility Lab. TDM isn’t […]

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