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Note that almost all of the housing growth in the past 10 years has been in District 2 of Montco (which is to say a bunch of single family detached homes). The demand for new places to live is huge, and just looking at the numbers, the last 10 years have seen the construction of what, 4000? 5000? units. The county added 75000 new hourseholds, or 15 times that. Almost all of it in broadly suburban areas. Imagine if it were flipped. Imagine 1/16th of homes were detached single family and silver spring were absorbing its share of 70000 new homes. Say it gets 1/3rd while bethesda etc get 2/3rds. If each 30 story tower has 10 apts per floor, for 300 a building, you'd have seen 77 300 ft towers built. There's certainly space for it in Silver Spring, but it'll also look like NYC (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's just unfathomable for the people there.

by Matt on Jan 28, 2013 12:45 pm • linkreport

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