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1. Rosslyn is dead because its historically single use - almost all office, some badly designed residential on the edge, most of the office without street level retail. Its getting better now, and should be far better in a few years (and this is one reason the subsidies to artisphere make sense).

2. BUT - the problem with Rosslyn and Crystal City as centers of density, and this would apply to Poplar Point as well, is transit. Rosslyn has two (soon three) metro lines and no commuter or intercity rail. CC has 2 metrolines plus VRE. Poplar Point would have only the Green line. You want the DENSEST office development to be where the transit is best - and thats downtown DC, with its 5 (soon to be 6) metro lines, and its full commuter and intercity rail. Otherwise I would be all for the Gray plan.

3. Given that, I like either the Malouf or Avent plans better. The ideological division between them is apparent (markets! Prices! Optimization! Coase! vs "public benefits" determined by govt) but they actually have similar advantages and disadvantages (sellable as limited with giveback from developers, but folks opposed will be skeptical how limited it will remain, and how much giveback there will really be)

by AWalkerInTheCity on Nov 8, 2012 1:07 pm • linkreport

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