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I do think it's a bit odd that Silver Springs 'downtown' is away from the Metro and less dense, although that's no different than Bethesda Row as Bethesda's lower density 'downtown', the Rockville Town Square and it's lower density than the government complex

It's not the downtown that's away from the Metro station, it's the Metro station that's away from the center of downtown. Unlike in downtown DC where stations were placed in existing centers of commerce/pedestrian concentrations, these stations were quite suburban at the time of their planning, with the exception of Silver Spring. Metro took the easy way out and placed the lines/stations along existing rail rights-of-way rather than spend to tunnel to put the station where it should be. In the case of Silver Spring that would probably be a subterranean station at Georgia & Colesville (or Georgia & Wayne). IMHO :)

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