Comments on: Smart Growth in My Community: Silver Spring, Maryland The EPA Blog Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:03:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jenn Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:05:00 +0000 I love living in DTSS for just this reason. My son is a year old, and he has so many options right at his fingertips. Gymboree is practically across the street from our home; the Farmer’s Market, library, and parks are walkable within five minutes.

And for my husband and I, the restaurants, theatre opportunities, and local indie movie theatre (and, OK, the multiplex, too), are high-quality and convenient, to the point where we don’t need to go into DC to eat or entertain ourselves.

It’s saving us time and money in travel (bus, car, or Metro), as well as being greener. And our rent is cheaper than our comparably-sized home in the district.

By: Arman.- Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:14:11 +0000 Smart Growth : Children Are Subject, Do not Object !

By learning by doing, the children could create their intelligences who care supporting the adult advantageous……

By: Ernest Martinson Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:40:44 +0000 Is smart growth seeking solutions to symptoms of an underlying disordered market? If so, it may be superb in its spotty successes, but will lose the war even while winning battles. Do the commanders have full access to intelligence? This is impossible even with super computers. This is why a properly structured free economy can outperform a command and control economy. A free economy draws fully on the distributed energy and information in each of the economic actors or citizens. This would include the victims of exclusionary zoning, building codes, and comprehensive planning.

Fiscal reform would be a first step in correcting the market disorder causing dumb growth. For example, the elimination of the property tax and instituting a land value tax in its stead would reduce urban sprawl. Holders of vacant lots would be inspired to use it or lose it. Development of infill would not be penalized. Nor would mass transit, bicycles, or pedestrians be discouraged if oil taxes replaced oil subsidies.

By: kiyohisa tanada Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:43:18 +0000 The effective urban development “is ultimate ecology”
I think so.
These measures are stages of the city design,
When all “government offices” do not cooperate, it does not come true.

By: Lina-epa Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:06:12 +0000 Nice blog. Yes, I’ve seen how Silver Spring has developed over the last 30 years. It’s definitely a vibrant community now.

By: Josephine Mooney Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:18:35 +0000 Nice article. I do enjoy visiting the Silver Spring area and watching the kids play in the fountain in the photo. I live in historic Ellicott City and work in Falls Church VA and have to commute by car–fortunately I have flex time at least. I love both my job and where I live, but I don’t like my carbon footprint. I do many other things to reduce it however, and my career in enviromental work is part of that commitment.
Great that your whole family can keep a small carbon footprint!