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Seems simple to me: These plans match the current enviroment and market potential of each site. The suburban locations (a DC address does not equal urbanity) have suburban-style layouts and the urban/Metro-oriented locations are more dense and mixed-use. Of course the materials at Ft. Totten are "cheaper", the rents there will be cheaper, thereby supporting a less costly construction scheme - wood-frame, above-grade structured parking. Wal-mart and the associated developers have been profitable because of their sound market judgement. I realize many on this site would like all urban everywhere NOW!, but Walmart and these particular developers are businesses who are not willing to sacrifice positive investment returns to dreams of an urban landscape that may be decades premature.

by The Prophet on Apr 27, 2012 1:52 pm • linkreport

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