ok, this is far from bloomingdale, but i just couldn't pass it up.
national harbor is the huge new convention center built just south of the wilson bridge in PG county. it's just off the beltway, built in an area with no current transit capability. if i was an urban planner (which i'm not, but damn, it sounds like a tempting field to move into), i'd encourage my jurisdiction to build things like this where there is ease of access for many more people by ways other than automobile. but, i'm not going to discuss that too deeply. here's the kicker:
the post has an article where we get this quote:
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center wants Metro to expand its bus service to National Harbor to accommodate employees who say they are having trouble getting home from work because of limited transportation.
really?!? people are having difficulty getting there because of limited transportation? color me shocked! didn't they think about this beforehand? of course they did. the article says that the state has spent $312,000 for bus service to this massive new construction. $312,000.
how much did they spend on improving roads to get there. millions? tens of millions? if one considers all the work being done on the wilson bridge and surrounding interchanges on the beltway, you can argue that they've spent billions to improve automobile access to this site, and all they can manage to spend for transit is a measly third of a million?
i'm not surprised.