2007-02-05, 10:01

A quick walk across the street at Parc Dulles

By: Jonathan Groner
On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2007, The Washington Post real estate section wrote about Parc Dulles, an upscale apartment development that is part of a mixed-use development near Dulles Airport. It is mixed use because it's across the street from the Dulles Town Center mall, a 1.4 million square foot shopping center that opened in 1999.

Residents of Parc Dulles can walk across the street to the mall -- except that the "street" is a four-lane highway! So the developer built pedestrian crosswalks. One enthusiastic resident is quoted as saying, "Everything is right here. I used to have to drive to everything." And the article points out that this person "walks to the mall and enjoys the convenience of not being car-bound when he's not commuting."

Still, one wonders if this really exhibits the compactness and human scale that the best mixed-use projects are known for.

The full article can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/02/AR2007020200702_pf.html.

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