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Posted at 2:42 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

'Urban' doesn't have to mean more dense

By Dan Malouff

It is one of the great myths of suburbia that most suburban households live in detached houses, and that therefore suburbia should be arranged exclusively to cater to detached households.

Consider U.S. Census results from Montgomery and Fairfax Counties, the two largest suburban jurisdictions in the region. In both cases, single-family detached houses make up about half the total housing stock, with about 20 percent as townhouses and 30 percent apartments. Census results also show that in some suburban jurisdictions, such as Gaithersburg, detached houses are a distinct minority, representing less than 21 percent of the housing stock.

What does this mean? It means that literally millions of people in the D.C. suburbs alone are currently living at fundamentally urban densities, but aren’t getting any of the benefits of urban living.

[Continue reading Dan Malouff's post at BeyondDC.]

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Dan Malouff  | February 2, 2011; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County, HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County, Virginia, housing  
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