The reason? In January 2007, CoFoCoDo set their terms for density.
From their position paper "Framing the Future of Downtown Columbia," page 5 [emphasis mine]:
We favor the continuing development of Downtown, but there are many models of diverse and vibrant downtowns. We offer Georgetown and Annapolis as examples of communities that do not rely on high density to provoke an exciting sense of place. These locations are especially interesting, and they exude excitement...and on page 13, under the banner "Human Scale,"
We note that there are many models of diverse and vibrant downtowns. We offer Georgetown and Annapolis, not as models to copy – because Columbia does not need to copy anything - but as proof that communities do not need to rely on excessive density to have an exciting sense of place.Well, a little research demonstrates how well informed the good people of CoFoCoDo are. According to the United States Census, Georgetown would fit nicely into the current downtown plan.
- Area (acres): 676
- Dwelling Units: 4976
- Population: 8524
Columbia Town Center:
- Area (acres): 570
- Dwelling Units: 5500
- Population: 7000 - 10,000 (??)
Data for Georgetown was obtained from the US Census, District of Columbia Census Tracts 1 and 2.02. Columbia Town Center data obtained from the Howard County Government website and the GGP presentation.
Kudos to CoFoCoDo for leading the way on this issue. Sometimes it's so nice to get what you ask for.