The Evolution of Tysons Corner

Community leaders of Tysons Corner, Virginia, once a poster-perfect example of an 'edge city', have increasingly been seeking strategies to create a more walkable pedestrian-friendly form of urbanism in what is now a sea of parking lots.

"The idea that every car needs a parking place for every separate place that car goes is what has caused this spread-out landscape," says Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. "Tysons is in transition. It can't realize the opportunity to create a great place when there's a giant parking lot wherever you look."

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