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Old 05-01-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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I created this thread because I didn't want to hijack the fast food thread.

I'm really disturbed by the design of the Woodmore "Town Center." Everything is disjointed. There are no wide sidewalks lined with trees that connect all of the buildings. There are no pedestrian plazas or courts where shoppers can sit and rest under the shade of a tree. There is just acre upon acre of asphalt.

What's the deal with Best Buy and Petco facing away from the "center" of the town center? Then you have party City facing the Costco gas station. Everything is facing outward instead of inward.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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I created this thread because I didn't want to hijack the fast food thread.

I'm really disturbed by the design of the Woodmore "Town Center." Everything is disjointed. There are no wide sidewalks lined with trees that connect all of the buildings. There are no pedestrian plazas or courts where shoppers can sit and rest under the shade of a tree. There is just acre upon acre of asphalt.

What's the deal with Best Buy and Petco facing away from the "center" of the town center? Then you have party City facing the Costco gas station. Everything is facing outward instead of inward.
Interesting point. Never looked at it that way. I haven't really analyzed the design because there is supposed to be much, much more added later. I agree it doesn't feel like a town center. I feel like a unfinished copy cat of Bowie Town Center. They have some work to do for sure.

I think it is an example of rushing development and not really thinking out the concept. My issue with it was the entrance to the shopping center. They didn't figure out how to control traffic off of 495 until after the shopping center opened and at that point they were doing construction during the peak of the shopping center's popularity.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:16 PM
 
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Originally Posted by adelphi_sky View Post
I created this thread because I didn't want to hijack the fast food thread.

I'm really disturbed by the design of the Woodmore "Town Center." Everything is disjointed. There are no wide sidewalks lined with trees that connect all of the buildings. There are no pedestrian plazas or courts where shoppers can sit and rest under the shade of a tree. There is just acre upon acre of asphalt.

What's the deal with Best Buy and Petco facing away from the "center" of the town center? Then you have party City facing the Costco gas station. Everything is facing outward instead of inward.
I haven't noticed too much foot traffic, like say a Bowie Town Center. I guess you have a point.
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