Maine Article

Opinion: We Need More Neighbors

Opinion: We Need More Neighbors

Greg Kesich makes the case for density in his hometown.

Living so close to others is what you get in a neighborhood like mine, one where you can walk around the corner for bread and milk, or meet a friend for coffee. I can visit a park, go to the movies, browse in a bookstore without ever getting in my car.

Density can be annoying, but I think it’s worth it, and apparently, I’m not the only one who does. Most people say they would like to live in a walkable neighborhood, even though the zoning codes in the vast majority of communities favor cars over feet.

The supply of housing in neighborhoods like mine, which was laid out before zoning existed, can’t keep up with demand. That drives prices up, which ultimately drives people away.

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