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The suburbs get denser

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If you've driven on Route 9 in Malta recently after not having done so for a while, you'll notice some significant changes. Rotaries, sidewalks, multistory buildings close to the road, apartments, all in close proximity. What's going on? It's called suburban densification, or compact development, and while Malta is the first to do it in a big way in the Capital Region, it's happening all over the country. One major reason is that today's young ...

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February 25, 2013
6:41 p.m.

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Why are you so hung up on engineering the way people live? If someone wants to live in a city, that option is available. If someone wants to live in the suburbs, that option is also available. No problem. You are always expressing viewpoints that belittles or derides those folks that want to live a little more secluded life in the suburbs and beyond. It is really none of your business.

February 27, 2013
5:23 p.m.

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Suburban density allows greater choice, not less. The choice to walk or bike to schools, shops etc. rather than having to go by car. The choice to live near a suburban workplace(such as Global Foundries) and not have to make long drives to work. Children can actually walk or bike to friends' houses, the library or school. The choice to live in a traditional suburban or rural setting is still there. In fact, more of those open areas are left if fewer houses are built in them.