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Subject: Re: Location, Location, Location Date: 10/15/2013 3:55 PM
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Mass transit is the best solution. But how do you fund it? How do you make it attractive for people to use it?

Making it cheaper than driving in and parking in a city garage would go a long way to encouraging people. I consider using our train service when I have to go into Philly, and opt for the garage every time. It's barely cheaper even with just one person in the car. I remember the T in Boston being much cheaper. I used it all the time.

As populations continue to grow, major urban areas must build up, increasing population density. The traditional urban sprawl is still attractive as people like green grass and fresh air and to escape noise, crime and other problems.

You guys seem to continue to confuse the "Town Center" approach with living in the city. It simply means mixed zoning, allowing a walkable community with residential, stores, restaurants, offices...even a hotel in the one that our suburban township turned down. Think of it as living in the center of a small town, rather than urban living.

Lots of developments going up around here again, almost all of them townhomes rather than the traditional 1 acre min zoning. Many of these townhome communities are selling out within months of breaking ground, surprisingly even with the crappy location of backing up to highways. No doubt the lower entry price point coupled with the excellent school district is influencing the sales rate. There is very little existing resale inventory in our school district.

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