Good public space can make good retail

Interesting post by a fine young writer, Dan Reed. He discusses the problems of TOD outer perimeter centers that should evolve into an exciting and vibrant urban environment and experience, but in my opinion, has not made the real transition of mixed residential and commercial centers without the car being the real dividing force in making urbanity exciting in these areas! Check out Dan’s view on this issue!

Take a walk around downtown Silver Spring and you’ll notice a lot of empty shops and empty parks. As it turns out, the two are related.

Empty stores line the pocket park at the Veridian Apartments. Photos by the author.

Just look at The Crescent condominium on Wayne Avenue, which has seen a rotating cast of retail tenants since it opened in 2006. Or the newly-completed United Therapeutics headquarters, which has several empty retail spaces at the intersection of Cameron and Spring Streets.

Around the corner, developers of an apartment building called The Cameron placed tables and chairs in front of their ground-floor retail space in anticipation of a restaurant, but they got an outpatient surgery center instead.

via Good public space can make good retail – Greater Greater Washington.

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