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Once in a great while, I stop at the ColHts Giant if I have a car and need something bulky. Few people park there. The P Street Whole Foods has many more drivers---I'm always dodging them when I walk past the garage or pass the elevators. The store has a more affluent and wider draw than other stores. The West End Trader Joe's is pretty similar--I know from having driven there myself, on occasion. I think it depends on who the supers or other merchants serve.

Not mentioned here is the issue of restaurants. They may get a decent walk-in trade, but any table cloth place will have valet parking which sucks the life out of parking for locals and non-swells on nearby blocks.

Beyond the talk here, I haven't seen evidence of a huge demand for ADUs and I suspect they are less attractive when they aren't carriage houses in Capitol Hill or quirky places in Blagden Alley. In other places, they seem most popular with multi-generation families--an argument here, but unfortunately the kind of household that's pretty rare. It's more typical that one's parents or grown children live elsewhere. The grown kids I know who grew-up in the area often can't afford to live here and a pricy carriage house isn't exactly aninducement to come back and raise a family.

by Rich on Jan 10, 2013 9:44 pm • linkreport

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