Sunday, January 11, 2009


Along the train route the other day, I saw a few examples of what I consider to be the truly weirdest form of contemporary residential development, the "townhome" development on a giant plot of land. That is, sets of attached homes with ample parking and even more ample but mostly pointless green space. I assume this is mostly driven by zoning laws, with developers getting in just as much density as they are allowed to, but it really is the worst of all worlds development. It's got features of density that people don't like (attached homes), but no retail or real walkability that a genuinely dense neighborhood would allow.

Truly awful.