Today is a great day for Balanced Communities according to WaPo.

This morning WaPo published their most recent “Post 200: Where the money is.” The biggest corporate offices, the best jobs, the places all the startups want to be, a good place to get a great meal, the best place to …

Draw in the Radius = 10, Radius = 20 and the logical location for the Clear Edge around the Core of the National Capital Subregion on the map that is the cover of the special “Post 200” tabloid and what do you see? Most of the biggest dots are inside R=10, all the biggest dots are inside R=20 and everyone of them is inside the logical location of the Clear Edge.

Given that there is plenty of room for all the J / H / S / R / A inside R=20, much less inside the Clear Edge – See “NO SURPRISE” posted 9 May and “Lots of Room for Growth Left in Fairfax County” posted 26 April – and you have a sustainable future in focus. Well it is in focus if citizens take actions in the voting booth and in the market to evolve functional and sustainable human settlement patterns within Balanced Communities inside and outside the Clear Edge around the Core of the National Capital Subregion.

Yes, there is a need for jobs to create Balance in the Beta Communities that are inside but near the Clear Edge around the Core (Greater Leesburg, Greater Ashburn, Greater West Prince William, Greater East Prince William. For a start the prospect of recycling the Potomac Landfill into a new Zentrum for East Prince William is on the front page of today’s WaPo.

Yes, there is a need for jobs and services to create a Balance of J / H / S / R / A in the Beta Villages, Beta Neighborhood and Beta Clusters that need to evolve if there are to be Balanced But Disaggregated Communities in the Countryside. (For those who came in late, the Countryside is outside the Clear Edge around the Core of the National Capital Subregion and surrounds some larger agglomerations such as Greater Fredericksburg and Greater Winchester.)

Of course, every one of these urban agglomerations – larger ones like Greater Fredericksburg and the smaller ones like Greater Warrenton-Fauquier and Greater Culpeper-Culpeper – must evolve their own Clear Edge to achieve functional settlement patterns in the Countryside and in the Urbanside.

Both in the Urbanside and in the Countryside, the biggest problem is scatteration of urban land uses and the fact there is far too much land set aside for urban land uses. But, for at least the 17th time since we have been counting, WaPo has demonstrated where the lines need to be drawn to evolve a sustainable future.


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  1. Jim Bacon Avatar
    Jim Bacon

    For the benefit of newcomers to this blog, “J / H / S / R / A” is short-hand for jobs / housing / shopping / recreation / amenities. An Alpha Community, or Balanced Community, will have a balance of these critical elements that citizens require to meet their everyday needs. A proper balance will greatly reduce the need for citizens to drive their cars long distances to meet these needs, thus reduce the strain on the transportation system.

  2. E M Risse Avatar
    E M Risse


    Thank you for the clarification and yes, the Glossary is coming along very soon.

    Actually the “S” stands for “Services” and is a huge catigory that includes “shopping” but is much larger and nearly as important to Balance as Jobs and Housing.

    “Service” includes both PUBLIC (shared-vehicle systems, public rights of way facilities and maintance, water, sewer, storm water, flood control, fire, safety, rescue, heath, education, archives / library, courts, etc.) and PRIVATE (retail, wholesale, storage and warehousing, medical and dental, agents and brokers, insurance, repair, distribution, transportation, etc.) “services.”

    Without all those and the ones I forgot to include, Balance is a hollow concept.


  3. Tobias Jodter Avatar
    Tobias Jodter

    Finally a much needed primer…

  4. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde

    “there is far too much land set aside for urban land uses.”

    Can’t you say the same thing about rural land, since so much of it is doing basically nothing?

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