I can imagine when, mentioning that I’m planning a third Unitarian Universalist church — specifically a second Universalist Christian one — in the District of Columbia there’s some agita about whether there’s room in the environment. And where in D.C. it would be?
After all, I got the same questions in a slightly different form when I pastored Universalist National Memorial Church (UNMC) which is on the same street and a short bus ride (a long stroll really) from All Souls, Unitarian.
And I live about as far from UNMC on the other side today, and would want to plan a neighborhood, pedestrian- and transit-oriented church.
Would that work? I think so. The reason? Population density.
This is a map based on 2000 Census data. See the dark green C-shaped mass in the middle. This includes All Souls (towards the top), UNMC (the middle) and my neighborhood (the bottom). Capitol Hill, floated as another option (and far less attractive to me), is the moss-colored area to the right.
In the dark green area, population densities range from almost 30,000 to 60,000 persons per square mile. I think there’s room for a third church. Indeed, I think I’ve chosen well for my purpose.