An Apartment to Fit A Family? Forget It

Architect Roger K. Lewis writes in The Washington Post that it is nearly impossible for a family with school-age children to find a suitable apartment in the city, even if that is the way they'd prefer to live.
August 30, 2010, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Lewis writes that "...in plans for new transit-oriented communities, most of the housing envisioned consists of apartment buildings or attached dwellings in which families with school-age children are unlikely to live. In fact such plans are often predicated on a simple fiscal principle: By serving a population with few school-age children, the need for building additional schools is minimal, thereby ensuring that future growth will yield tax-revenue benefits for jurisdictions where transit-oriented communities are located.

Accordingly, housing developers in smart-growth communities will be building few units for families with children."

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Published on Sunday, August 29, 2010 in The Washington Post
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