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There is not a lack of affordable housing in the District and surrounding area. (Just look at home prices east of the river.)

The problem is that there is a lack of supply of housing in areas that people - who have a choice - want to live. While these areas are diverse, typically they offer most or all of the following features: good schools, good access to transit, low crime, and the ability to walk to restaurants, stores, parks, etc. The article correctly identifies the solution as increasing the supply of neighborhoods that offer these features.

Of course, this is easier said than done. For example, as stated in the piece yesterday, PG County is missing a massive opportunity by not focusing mixed-use development around its multitude of Metro stations. This is highly unfortunate for everyone in the region, since there are only so many other places the region's expected growth can go without requiring significant new transportation infrastructure.

by Rebecca on Dec 19, 2012 12:48 pm • linkreport

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