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Streets, Buildings, and Public Spaces The Redesign of Tysons Corner Coalition for Smarter Growth www.smartergrowth.net Tysons Corner is an economic center in the region. Image: Flickr user SueBanks The arrival of Metrorail creates the opportunity for a new vision and a sense of place.

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the redesign of tysons corner

Streets, Buildings, and Public Spaces

The Redesign of Tysons Corner

Coalition for Smarter Growth

www.smartergrowth.net

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The elements of a community are there…

Retail

Condos

Offices

Single Family Homes

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…but they are separated and isolated.

Retail

Condos

Offices

Single Family Homes

the design of today s tysons corner did not happen by accident
The design of today’s Tysons Corner did not happen by accident.

Image: KGP Design Studio, LLC

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The design of today’s Tysons Corner did not happen by accident.

It was planned that way.

Image: KGP Design Studio, LLC

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People today expect more for their communities:- walkable and bike friendly streets- safe sidewalks and crosswalks- outdoor cafes, parks, gathering spots- places where we can live, work, and play

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Streets: Great Places Begin with Great Streets

  • Comfortable sidewalks, with room for benches and outdoor cafes
  • Street trees
  • Manageable crosswalks
  • Room for bike lanes
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Streets: Tysons Corner Today

Too few street connections force all traffic onto a few arterial roads. People have learned to expect backups. Walking is all but impossible.

Image: KGP Design Studio, LLC

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Streets

A street grid provides many advantages:

  • Walkability is improved through increased connections and shorter street segments.
  • On street parking reduces the need for large surface parking lots.
  • Traffic is dispersed, with more options for planning your route.
  • The grid is transit and bicycle friendly.

Image: Peter Calthorpe

think adding a street grid to tysons corner is impossible
Think Adding a Street Grid to Tysons Corner is Impossible?

Studies show it’s not only possible, but feasible.

Image: KGP Design Studio, LLC

building design
Building Design

The design of a building can make or break a great place.

Image: Flickr user Eye Captain

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Building Design

The pedestrian experience is enhanced by buildings with lots of windows and doors.

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Building Design

Buildings can “step down” in height to provide transitions to lower height neighbors.

public spaces
Public Spaces

Great places are remembered for their public spaces, parks, and plazas.

The new Tysons Corner should be planned to include great public spaces for our community.

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Public Spaces

Good public space offers benches for sitting, combines hardscape, furniture and green, and closely connects to retail, offices, and transit.

Village green at the Ballston Metro station

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Public Spaces

Pocket Parks

  • Every residence should be within a 3-5 minute walk of a pocket park
  • Pocket parks should be small, front the street, and be visible from the street
mix of uses
Mix of Uses

When we envision a new Tysons Corner, we think of a vibrant place with interesting streets.

Image: Flickr user Bill Adler

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Mix of Uses

This can be achieved by integrating commercial, retail, and residential uses.

Image: Flickr user Bill Adler

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Mix of Uses

Housing affordable to working families at all income levels is critical to providing access to jobs and transit, which reduces traffic and increases productivity.

Quincy Plaza near the Virginia Square Metro station includes affordable units in a market rate building

transportation solutions
Transportation Solutions

Having choices for getting around

  • Walk
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Catch a bus
  • Take Metrorail
  • Car Share
  • Carpool
  • Drive alone

On-Street Carsharing Spaces for Zipcar and Flexcar

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Transportation Solutions

“Complete Streets” policies ensure all modes have safety and access.

Image: Flickr user jGregor

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Transportation Solutions

Transit must be accessible, convenient, and efficient.

Image: Flickr user Eye Captain

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Transportation Solutions

The Metrorail route and stations must be well designed and integrated into the neighborhood.

Image: Flickr user Elvert Barnes

parking
Parking

Land that is currently allocated for large parking lots needs to be better used.

On-street parking available with a new street grid can provide alternatives to the acres of surface parking lots.

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To get to get involved, sign up with the

Coalition for Smarter Growth

www.smartergrowth.net/signup

(202) 244-4408

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank them for their support.