Don't be dense about D.C. trolleys
By Meg Maguire
Roger K. Lewis pointed out the benefits of the District’s new light-rail system: connecting neighborhoods and boosting the investment confidence of property owners, developers and lenders [“Are trolley lines more than just a fashionable bit of nostalgia?,” Real Estate, Oct. 9]. However, increasing density for several blocks on either side of streetcar lines, as he suggested, should alarm homeowners in residential and historic neighborhoods, including around H Street, Eighth Street and Michigan Avenue NE; 14th Street NW and Georgia Avenue; and in Anacostia, Woodley Park, Brookland and Takoma Park.
The city needs a more nuanced approach to transit development in keeping with our historic land-use patterns: It should concentrate on single-avenue commercial and mixed-use corridors to serve adjacent communities (characteristic of the District, Chicago and New York, among others) while carefully targeting some locations for greater development to strengthen, not destabilize, the city’s beloved neighborhoods.
The writer is chairman of the transportation subcommittee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City.
| October 20, 2010; 7:09 PM ET
Categories: D.C., traffic, transportation
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