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Lessons from an Inclusive Suburb

The suburban experiment of Clarksburg, Maryland hasn't been totally successful, according to this article, but it still offers many lessons for other communities like it.
September 5, 2017, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Dan Reed writes: " 30 miles north of DC, Montgomery County is trying to build a new kind of suburb in Clarksburg, one that looks more like a small town and where residents don't have to drive everywhere."

"It hasn't totally worked. But Clarksburg might actually have something to teach closer-in communities about how to grow sustainably," adds Reed. Those lessons, according to Reed, pertain to walkability, open space, and creating a mix of housing types.

Some of Clarksburg's success is noticeable in its diversity. "The 2016 American Community Survey found that Clarksburg is majority-minority, as are all of the public schools," according to Reed. "Neighboring Germantown was ranked one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the nation."

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Published on Monday, August 21, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington
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