Alpert looks at how several neighborhoods have worked against density in their neighborhoods, while bemoaning their lack of a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods:
"Neighborhoods can either stay the same size, and see local retail gradually decline as online shopping grows and DC adds big box stores. Or, they can add enough new residents to support new retail options. Most of us prefer the latter. Some people, though, want to stop new residents but also have the retail. That's completely unrealistic."