Science city in the real world
By Anthony Mauger
The May 9 Local Opinions letter from Allen W. Feldman [“Two cheers for science city”] criticizing those opposed to suburban growth requires rebuttal. It should be obvious that our horrendous and worsening traffic congestion is a consequence of growth, which is caused by an influx of people and their vehicles to this area.
Mr. Feldman wrote that those who don’t want development should stop having children. The birth rate is irrelevant; a project such as the “science city” in Gaithersburg (praised in another letter by Richard Lampl) will mostly attract people from other places to the jobs it creates. Mr. Lampl and others insist that new transit systems will prevent traffic congestion in the area. Fine in theory, but when will they be built, if ever, and where’s the money?
The intercounty connector is an apt example of what happens in the real world. After years of fierce debate, its construction only recently began long after the surrounding growth was in place and congested.
| May 14, 2010; 6:51 PM ET
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