David Daddio is a research associate and writer for EMBARQ – the World Resources Institute’s Center for Sustainable Transport which produces TheCityFix.com. He graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Economics in 2007 and has a passion for urban planning and growth management policies that foster environmental sustainability. Previously he worked for the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit land conservation organization that assists all levels of government in purchasing land and easements for conservation.
He co-founded the blog Rethink College Park – one of the first hyper-local blogs covering development issues in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Recognizing that the college town lacked a reliable source of information on planning matters, the project seeks to provide a fact-based, information clearinghouse that fosters community dialogue about the profound changes facing the blighted inner ring Washington suburb. The project drew a lot of attention for its tireless advocacy of new student housing project and protracted fight against the University of Maryland administration for their lackluster support of the Purple Line light rail project and its planned alignment across campus. In 2008, the project was named one of the Web’s Top 10 Planning, Design, and Development Websites by the planning portal Planetizen. One community member said of the site: “An excellent forum on the ways College Park is changing. Usually there is a bias toward good urban planning and smart growth practices.”