So, how much time do you spend in your car? In Washington, it’s a common topic of conversation and a key part of the decision on where to buy a home.

In this issue, we take a look at examples where a different kind of lifestyle has been envisioned — in this case, three locations where planners believe people will be more attracted to smaller, denser neighborhoods where you can shop for groceries, go out to dinner and get to work without necessarily getting into a vehicle.

We selected three locations near Metrorail stations: one each in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Each of them is at a different stage of development and offers a slightly different twist on the same idea: changing a lifestyle, not just a commuting pattern.