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  •  Of course, bad development is bad development (3+ / 0-)
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    melo, radarlady, BruceMcF

    The problem here, I think, is that in-fill is the zoning laws were changed to allow in-fill, but not changed to allow mix-used or commercial buildings. Also, the in-fill is happening piecemeal, without any vision. As an older homeowner sells his or her property to a developer, that developer will build homes on that 1/4 to 1 acre property for development. The parcels are "too small" to hold on to and "too small" for big development laws to kick in.

    So you're right, the upshot is just crowding — roads are more crowded and so are neighborhoods, and all without any of the mixed-use benefits. On the larger arteries, there is some mixed commercial/retail/townhouse development, but not in deeper suburbia.

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