Re: Urban cohousing [was: Monekysheres...
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 04:20:32 -0800 (PST)
Hi Jesse and all --

In re what is "urban":  walking distance to bus or metro ...

Well. Not if you live in Tampa, FL -- a sprawling city of a gazillion cars, uber amount of freeways and ... once recently I did see a lone bus trundling along a city street. I think there might even be another one out there ... (I grew up in Tampa.)

I'd say a more substantive measure might be -- if you live w/in City limits -- even if you don't have a bus line -- you're an urban community. Except of course for places like Silver Spring, MD which has a "downtown" has lots of bus service and a metro stop but is not an incorporated city so there are no "city" limits.

It's an interesting question about what makes something urban, suburban or rural. It might all be relative.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
McLean, VA
703 663 3911

On Jan 3, 2010, at 7:52 PM, Jessie Kome wrote:


Density is a good test, but not the only one. I think a classic "if it quacks like a duck, it must be a duck" way to figure out if you live in a truly urban area is to check to see if you are within walking distance of a metro bus line(s) or trolley that runs at least every 30-40 minutes during morning and evening rush, if not more often. And, of course, if you are located within about a half mile of a subway, you are urban.

-Jessie Handforth Kome
Eastern Village Cohousing
Silver Spring, MD
"Where the buses stop at the end of the block and many of us walk to the metro to get to work, and play, and whatever."
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