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A battle over building a housing development near a Baltimore light rail station illustrates why it's so hard to make viable public transportation in the suburbs.
An empty light rail station platform in Baltimore, where development around transit lines has been slow to emerge.
On a recent Wednesday, I stood on the platform of a light rail station in Lutherville, Maryland, about 15 miles north of downtown Baltimore, having a flashback.
More than three decades ago, I was the architectural project manager for the light rail system that the Maryland Transit Administration was planning for the state's largest metropolitan area. Like several other US cities in that era, Baltimore was hoping that this modern streetcar-like mode could be built cheaper than subways and spur economic development along the route.
here: READ FULL ARTICLE on CityLab
or on my blog:
Great article summing up the continued false angst against transit-centered development - or for that matter any denser development that threatens a long-gone era of white picket fence suburbia. True story - When my maternal grandfather wanted to sell part of his farm for development of apartments in our fairly rural township outside Detroit in the 70s, the same types of arguments came up. Eventually apartments were developed, and none of the feared problems ever came to fruition.
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