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the noxious effects of these facilities seem a little overblown here. Is there an objection on residents' part to having a big parking lot for retail that's used all day? Garages do bring potential brownfield issues but there's probably a lot more known about how to prevent them now than in the past.

It's funny that things necessary for infrastructure, as well as other industrial-type uses only get attention in the most negative way, yet they need to be close to population centers and are likely to be casualties of efforts to redevelop places like downtown Silver Spring or the White Flint area. It shouldn't be necessary to go out to Woodbridge, Gaithersburg/outer Rockville, or Beltsville to get a car fixed or to get a stone counter made, but the erosion of classic industrial zones may make that the case and also may reduce competition and increase cost to places distant from tradespeople and places like the District. it also might be helpful if children of the well-off (going into these redeveloped places) grew-up seeing people do actual jobs rather than to dimly know that people work in offices. having known lots of DCers over a long period of time, I'm pretty impressed at how people grow up here insulated from knowledge that even well-off people in other places have.

by Rich on Nov 16, 2012 3:14 pm • linkreport

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