Is Montgomery County's plan to demolish an older apartment building in Glenmont in favor of high-rise residential and retail too car-centric?
Dan Reed at Greater Greater Washington writes that some aspects of the plan, approved by the planning board Sept. 12, will not produce the intended effect of a more walkable community. He said that long blocks encourage speeding and the network of streets cuts off and forces pedestrians to change course.
The resulting layout is no less circuitous and confusing for drivers and pedestrians alike than the cul-de-sacs that alleys are meant to replace. The developers should put some more streets back into this plan, or at least redesign the townhouses in a way that forms more coherent blocks.