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    Retrofitting suburbia: planning article in Time

    Hopefully, this link will take to the latest issue of Time. The article is about converting Tysons Corner into a functional city. All-in-all, a good, balanced article. Kinda reminds of what Schaumburg went through. VA planners, what do you think and do you have any insights.

    http://www.time.com/time/nation/arti...904187,00.html
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    Can you say.....

    BACKFIRE!? 50,000 new residential units will really help out DC With a new rail line linking the City to Tyson's Corner and all that attractive new urban quality of life, I would think that most of the buyers will be people needing convenient close in access to DC The rush of people seeking cheaper housing close to DC could derail some of the stuff they want to accomplish. No doubt having all that new access will help the traffic conditions....I mean how could they hurt it?
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    I thought that was a good article. I especially liked the graphics, they really give a good picture of current and planned conditions.

    I don't think this will backfire. I know that the region is planning on creating quite a few new jobs in the time period that is covered by the redevelopment process. In fact, I know that one of the big arguments in the region re: populaton growth is that they are predicting more jobs than the future population can support. So, these units will not necessarily suck residents out of DC. Besides, I'd be suprised if the vast majority of employees there weren't coming in from the VA suburbs or down the beltway from MD.

    In fact, this kind of development is the only way for the region to meet its future economic development goals. Otherwise population growth will stall and the jobs will go elsewhere.

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    Schaumburg's been fixed??? Does this mean it can't multiply anymore?

    Its been a while (thankfully) since I've been to Schaumburg. Is the fix simply the new outdoor mall where the failed Ward's Mall was next to Woodfield? Has something else been done there that I don't know about? Did that take a bulldozer to Golf Rd?

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Schaumburg's been fixed??? Does this mean it can't multiply anymore?

    Its been a while (thankfully) since I've been to Schaumburg. Is the fix simply the new outdoor mall where the failed Ward's Mall was next to Woodfield? Has something else been done there that I don't know about? Did that take a bulldozer to Golf Rd?
    As I recall, they were retrofitting it and trying to create a town center and municipal buildings. I'm not sure how far they got with those efforts. Basically, trying to create a community out of sprawl. What Tysons Corner is trying to do.
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