Some local jurisdictions hope that town center developments with a mix of office, residential and retail space will help them transform aging downtowns, reduce traffic congestion, provide new sources of tax revenue and create popular walkable communities. But success requires finding the right balance, overcoming traditional suburban attitudes and weathering the economic downtown.
SOURCE: | Gene Thorp/The Washington Post - February 27, 2010
Suburban renewal Article | When Rockville Town Square opened in summer 2007, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) praised the 12 acres of shops, restaurants and condominiums as a way to revive the aging suburb. Officials visualized people living above stores, eating lunch at sidewalk cafes and walking to the Rockville Metro s...