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Posted at 6:39 PM ET, 03/30/2010

Misdirected development in Montgomery

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Carl Henn
Rockville

The March 28 editorial “Science and the suburban future" observed that “there is a certain theoretical aspect to the pitched debate in Montgomery County over plans for a Life Sciences Center.” That’s a classic mechanism for undermining opposition: Don’t worry, these plans are far in the future, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for. But the National Cancer Institute plans to leave its offices on Executive Boulevard within three years to move to the new development, leaving space well served by transit while moving to new offices that may someday be served by a transit line, but no time soon, since all the money is going to the intercounty connector.

The editorial noted that planning should be focused well into the future, but The Post has consistently failed to take a clear-eyed look at what the future holds. Global oil production stopped increasing in 2004. America’s oil production peaked 40 years ago, and we face declining global production.

Looking 30 years into the future, we would be better served to preserve what remains of our farmland and focus development in the areas that are already developed. We have plenty of redevelopable space, given the vast surface parking lots we have in Montgomery County.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | March 30, 2010; 6:39 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, development  
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