Alex Baca

Alex Baca

Alex Baca works on sustainable land use, transportation, and housing policy in the D.C. region. She has written for Washington City Paper, Slate, The American Conservative, Cleveland Magazine, Strong Towns, and Greater Greater Washington. Views here are her own.

A construction crane in front of tall residential buildings in Seattle, with the port's cranes in the background.

No, Zoning Reform Isn’t Magic. But It’s Crucial.

The finding of a new study—that upzoning didn’t quickly increase development in areas of Chicago—shouldn’t make zoning reform any less of a priority.

It's Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool

Can increasingly unaffordable urban places have too many trendy restaurants and hipsters? Maybe that’s not the right question.

Shared bikes await their riders in Dallas.

What Cities Need to Understand About Bikeshare Now

Public or private? Docked or dockless? E-bike or e-scooter? It’s complicated. But bikesharing is now big business, and cities need to understand how these emerging systems operate—and who operates them.

The New Deal Landmark That's Cannibalizing Itself

Greenhills, Ohio, is a National Historic Landmark, but town officials have demolished some of its 1930s buildings, unable to bear the cost of preserving them.

Touring Civil Rights History on Two Wheels

The new Atlanta company Civil Bikes offers bike rentals and history tours with a side of community-building.

How Mass Transit Helps Convey the Future in 'Her'

The film may be set in L.A., but cars take a back seat.

We Won’t Get More Women on Bikes Until We Have Environments That Cater to Them

Closing the gender gap means getting women not merely around bikes, but on them—with regularity.