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I completely agree with andrew's issues with east-west highway being dead between the Metro and Georgia avenue. The biggest break in that walk is the Canada dry building not being street oriented, and the Blairs tower that fronts east-west being very 'suburban' with the kiss and ride like front and the big trees (though I do love those big trees, i'd hate to see them lost). The retailers know this dead zone exists too, evident by the lack of retailers in the bottom of the three highrises around acorn park that have retail space (i'm optimistic Scion will be the start of a new chapter). I think redeveloping the Blairs property, and having the buildings that will replace the CVS/Giant have a street activating presence on both East-west and the new park space is a must. The grade would allow two levels of retail/lobby space, a lower level facing the park and a second level facing east-west. I do think it's a bit odd that Silver Springs 'downtown' is away from the Metro and less dense, although that's no different than Bethesda Row as Bethesda's lower density 'downtown', the Rockville Town Square and it's lower density than the government complex and what will become of the new hotel and apartment building in front of the theater, and Clarendon being the lowest density feeling of the Arlington Orange Line corridor, but effectively serving as the entertainment downtown. I'm not sure if Silver Spring can support two downtowns, except in a case where one becomes more upscale than the other, attracting different clientele (I'm thinking of Bethesda again with Bethesda Row vs the Woodmont Triangle).

by Gull on Nov 27, 2012 4:49 pm • linkreport

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