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Rockville Pike is already almost always grid locked. That level of stasis is no recipie for success. The only option to grow this area is to begin the long and messy road to mature urbanization. Like when the metro was constructed, there where long periods of disturbance to traffic and local retail, but that's been true of any transit that's gone after development. A recent article in the Post about growth shows people will come here despite grid lock becasue of work.

This isn't a perfect project in a perfect context, but what's the alternative to handling this growth? There'll be many more bad development decisions to re-do becasue of how long we've built an environment that we assumed would always be centered around the car. We have to slowly work our way out of that situation if we expect to stay competative.

by Thayer-D on Dec 21, 2012 6:26 am • linkreport

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