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Old 07-09-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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Nope. Potomac Yards is supposed to be completely torn down and Crystal City is basically supposed to be extended south with tons of condos, retail, and office space.

That is a major difference between cities that rely heavily on public transportation and those that don't. For example, the wealthier you are in NYC, the more likely you are to take public transportation which is the complete opposite of most places in the country. There's a major cultural factor: it's cool to ride the subway in the northeast and it's not in many other places, especially in the sunbelt.
Eh, up to a point, the super wealthy in New York enjoy that transit removes people from their chauffeur driven roads, but yes, even upper middle class folks walk/transit in New York because you'd have to be stupid not to and sit in traffic for 90 minutes (or have no schedule to have to meet... ie the super rich).
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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Nope. Potomac Yards is supposed to be completely torn down and Crystal City is basically supposed to be extended south with tons of condos, retail, and office space.
Are you speaking of the shopping center? If so, then while I think its big boxes and random retail islands are fine, I can see how developers may want to maximize their dollars. That said, they would do better to build around Target and Shoppers -as the forthcoming Springfield Town Center is doing with Macy's and their own Target - since they are both doing very good business from my observation.

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That is a major difference between cities that rely heavily on public transportation and those that don't. For example, the wealthier you are in NYC, the more likely you are to take public transportation which is the complete opposite of most places in the country. There's a major cultural factor: it's cool to ride the subway in the northeast and it's not in many other places, especially in the sunbelt.
I hear what you're saying. There's definitely a correlation between the amount of available mass transit, let alone the density of an area, and the variety of people that are likely to use it. NOVA is one of the better examples for a socioeconomically diverse bus ridership.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:59 AM
 
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Are you speaking of the shopping center? If so, then while I think its big boxes and random retail islands are fine, I can see how developers may want to maximize their dollars. That said, they would do better to build around Target and Shoppers -as the forthcoming Springfield Town Center is doing with Macy's and their own Target - since they are both doing very good business from my observation.

The current Potomac Yards shopping center was never meant to be permanent. They put it there temporarily while they waited for the full development planning to pan out for that large swath of land. There are graphics out there that show what it's supposed to look like in the end, but yes, it will be a grid-like network of offices, hotels, stores, and residences. There are plans to reincorporate the Target into it. No word on the other stores. At one time, that Target was one of the busiest in the country, so obviously Target and the city would like to see it stay in the new redevelopment.
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