It’s not ‘the end of the suburbs’

August 7, 2013

A new book by Leigh Gallagher heralds “the end of the suburbs,” but it may just be a change in how people want to live and get around in suburban communities. Judging from new suburban developments happening in the D.C. area, that shift is already underway.

New townhouses at the Crown development in Gaithersburg. (Dan Reed)
New townhouses at the Crown development in Gaithersburg. (Dan Reed)

In recent years, there’s been a lot of research about how many people, whether young Millennials or retiring Baby Boomers, want to live in places where they don’t have to drive everywhere. That’s part of the reason why center cities, like D.C., have experienced a resurgence in recent decades.

But it leads some commentators to assume that everyone’s going to move to the city now, and that’s simply not true. Even if we raised the height limit, cities like D.C. can only hold so many new people. And the false binary between “city” and “suburb” ignores the actual diversity of places on either side of the city line, along with the possibility that people can have the urban, walkable experience they want in a “suburban” place, especially one where they may have grown up and feel connected to.

[Continue reading Dan Reed’s post here at Just Up the Pike.]

Dan Reed blogs at Just Up the Pike. 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.

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