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Andrea Rosen,
Well ADUs are meant to address the affordability issue rather than any traffic issue. And while personally, I and many other want to see more options as well this is a good step.

Re: congestion and why we shouldn't necessarily fear it.

Well at a certain point walkability, livability and what not become incompatible with congestion. We could certainly speed up traffic by eliminating sidewalks and adding lanes but at a high cost to non-drivers.

So yes in some terms it's just a value judgement but when you look at DC specifically (an already urban place that can't grow in area at all) then its in DCs interest to keep adding to its walkability factor which may increase congestion at the margins but that strategy will pay off better than trying to accomodate more and more cars (see: urban renewal strategies from the mid-20th century).

by drumz on Jan 10, 2013 4:13 pm • linkreport

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