Don't fear change, or the zoning updates
Change can be frightening, especially when it affects our own neighborhoods. That's why it's no surprise that the planners who are rewriting the District's and Montgomery County's zoning codes are running into trepidation, misinformation, anger and even conspiracy theories at community meetings.
The District and Montgomery, like most of our region, are indeed changing. But this change is happening on its own, unbidden by any planning official. The walkable neighborhoods of the DC region are growing more popular with residents of all ages, and many people want amenities such as restaurants and shops within walking distance and a convenient transit line to work.
In response, planners are trying to thread a difficult needle. They want to remove barriers to better, more inclusive walkable neighborhoods, but they also are trying to preserve single-family neighborhoods that remain popular with many others.
Continue reading in my latest op-ed in the Washington Post.
Plus, this week's other opinion pieces talk about how the height limit hurts housing affordability, injustice in DC's budget, and, for those who live in the single-family homes that aren't facing imminent doom from the zoning update no matter what some people fear, what critters you might see out your window.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- To a pedestrian, a road's a tiny space with danger just beside
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings