The County chose these areas because they are best positioned to develop into vibrant places. These "Downtowns" will:
Become attractions and destinations for the public. As centers, these places will offer a variety of activities and opportunities. These uses will be both recreational and practical. Residents will have the opportunity to live and work in these enjoyable and productive centers.
Offer a mix of uses. Residential, employment, and recreational activities will take place at each downtown. Visitors and residents will meet needs for different visits. A variety of use will ensure vibrancy and encourage spontaneous use of public space.
Be connected and walkable. Each downtown connects to a Metrorail station and other public transport. The County will develop each Downtown to have plentiful safe, accessible, and usable walking paths. Visitors will not need a car to access each Downtown. Seamless pedestrian connections will link attractions and activities. Wayfinding elements like signs and landmarks will orient visitors.
The Placemaking Section works with other agencies on projects to realize these goals. The Team prepares studies, collects data, and monitors and reports progress on each Downtown's projects. You can learn about these projects on each Downtown’s individual page.
The Section also works on projects for Transit Districts and Local Centers, smaller hubs that offer some of the same activities as the larger Downtowns. You can learn more on the dedicated page.
Click on the link for each Downtown to learn more.
Contact Adam Dodgshon if you have any questions about these projects.