Will Leimenstoll

D.C. Policy Center

Will Leimenstoll is an aspiring urban planner interested in how technology can help build more sustainable, economically vibrant, and equitable communities. He lived and worked in Bangkok, Thailand, Cape Town, South Africa, Auckland, New Zealand, and Durham, North Carolina before moving to the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He’s a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Written By Will Leimenstoll

Planning for self-driving cars with Harriet Tregoning

Harriet Tregoning has been a force in planning and policy locally and nationally for quite some time. After founding the Smart Growth Network during the early phase of her career at the Environmental Protection Agency, she served as Secretary of Planning for the state of Maryland. This was followed by her appointment…

September 6, 2017 | Will Leimenstoll

Do “Complete Streets” lead to more enjoyable, greener, and safer streets too?

D.C. has added tens thousands of new residents in recent years, but what impact have these new residents had on local travel conditions? Fellow Will Leimenstoll looks at the District’s “Complete Streets” policy and how D.C.’s drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians have fared since the policy was enacted in 2010.   There are plenty…

August 4, 2017 | Will Leimenstoll

Autonomous vehicles could have a big impact on D.C.’s budget

The arrival of autonomous vehicles could cost the District anywhere between $373 and $546 million per year due to reductions in car-related revenue. Many have written about the ways autonomous vehicles (AVs) will reshape the physical landscape of American cities, but less of the discussion has considered how AVs could reshape municipal…

June 7, 2017 | Will Leimenstoll

The compelling, autonomous case for an end to D.C.’s parking minimum requirements

Even to a transportation nerd, the future of autonomous vehicles (AVs)—also known as “self-driving” cars—can seem shrouded in mystery and uncertainty. Predictions about the technology vary widely, with some thinkers holding AVs up as the solution to car-dominated streets, while others fear an autonomous dystopia is on the horizon. The diverging visions…

April 25, 2017 | Will Leimenstoll