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1. granny units, which aren't really discussed by the zealots are one way to allow for the kind of living described in the Herb Caudill example.

But I think it's going to be a relatively small proportion of the demand. I just don't see how it makes much difference to the Q of L for seniors not living in ADUs, unless as people like rg get older, they age out and instead of harassing children, they decide to beat up oldsters.

2. Steve, late this year, Takoma Park gets a Jeff Black restaurant! Basically, Old Town Takoma (just across the border in MD) functions as our home commercial district, even though it doesn't for most w4 people.

3. the funny thing about walking/biking to the supermarket, just as discussed in the few months back entry about a comment by the Zoning Commission chair, it just shows how provincial some people are. I can't imagine many people drive to the Safeway on 17th St. in Dupont Circle, and while people do drive to the Giant in Columbia Heights or the Whole Foods on P St., I imagine the majority of customers of those stores walk.

Anyway, I bike with groceries. Probably as I age I will do so less. I do it with multiple bags on my handlebars and stuff in a backpack. I've carried 20 lb watermelons and 25 lb bags of rice for 5 miles, up the Fort Totten Transfer Station hill, in the summer (which btw is really dumb when it's hot). But that's extreme.

It's all a matter of commitment. To someone who doesn't bike, of course, they can't imagine it. To someone who does bike, we can't imagine doing it any other way (although sure, we do it by car sometimes).

Interestingly, grocery shopping by bike saves us hours/week and allows us to not own a car. Not being car-dependent is a plus.

by Richard Layman on Jan 10, 2013 9:06 pm • linkreport

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