Monday, February 28, 2011

"Densification"...

Sounds like some type of painful oral surgery, eh?

Well, the good thing is that it doesn't hurt nearly that bad.  In fact, for low density, auto-centric sprawl areas, the concept of densification offers a potential method for combatting the growing energy costs affiliated with sprawl.

This article explains how one area in our nation's capital is adjusting:

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is standing at the Branch Avenue Metro station on a cold, windy morning, surveying the sea of concrete surrounding the suburban station.

It's mostly parking lots and green space, but Baker sees something else. In the distance, two tightly built residential communities give a hint of his vision.

"Everybody's focusing back on the Washington region and here we are, Prince George's County, as the only underdeveloped and undeveloped Metro sites," he said.

In Prince George's and Montgomery counties, planners are trying to overhaul their outdated suburban Metro stations to accommodate the demand for easy transit access and walkable communities from their growing populations.

Chad Emerson

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/land_use/2011/02/densification.html

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